Tonight Yohan Cabaye’s PSG take on Marseille in what is referred to as ‘Le Classique’, or ‘derby of France’, this despite the two clubs being almost 500 miles apart.
At the moment PSG are hot favourites for the league and are five points clear at the top, with Marseille currently in fifth.
In the build up to the match, Yohan Cabaye was interviewed by Le Parisien about the match and the ex-Newcastle midfielder couldn’t help referring to the Newcastle v Sunderland matches as a ‘real derby’. Thanks as always to Pierre for the invaluable translation skills.
Sadly for Yohan, he starts from the bench tonight as has usually been the case since his move in January.
It’s different to the games that I could play with Lille. Everyone knows the rivalry between the two clubs. But we do not yet feel something special in training. The pressure will certainly come as we approach the end of the week. But we understand that for the fans, this is something important. In the last two days, many people talk to me about it. I’m excited and looking forward to the atmosphere, the game, everything that goes with it. At Newcastle, we also had a hot confrontation against Sunderland. A real derby. I like this kind of game and I’m looking forward to it.
What have you learned from your two and a half seasons in England?
The constant repetition of effort, because the pace is very high. There is little downtime, the referees whistle less than in France, you must always be focused. There are no easy games. Each opposition is a fight where you have to maintain your effort. I enjoyed it. I really enjoyed myself. I’m glad I had this experience.