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Mathieu Debuchy Reveals Frustration At Pardew Orders Not To Attack

7 years ago
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One position still thought to be up for grabs in the French team is at right-back, with Mathieu Debuchy and Bacary Sagna competing for the position, although the Newcastle man is believed to be slightly favoured by Didier Descamps.

However, Debuchy has revealed his frustration in the past season, due to Alan Pardew’s insistence that he stay back rather than play his natural attacking game.

Tiote “Mathieu, quick get back before the boss sees you!”

This providing more fuel for those exasperated by Alan Pardew’s negative tactics – why buy one of the best attacking full-backs around but then tell him not to get forward?

L’Equipe carrying the following quotes from Mathieu Debuchy, the full-back first answering a perception amongst many French football fans that while Debuchy is better going forward, Sagna has the edge defensively;

“There are people who give their opinion, and everyone is free to think what they want, but this is not my opinion.

“I was frustrated because the coach (Alan Pardew) asked me to stay back, while in the France team the coach tells me to stay high (up the pitch).

“If you do not attack enough, people will say that you do not do enough offensively and if you go up too much, they will say you are not defensively sound.

“Which is why there will always be critics.”

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