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Alan Pardew put on the spot when asked whether French players are lazy

6 years ago
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At Friday’s pre-West Brom press conference, Alan Pardew was asked whether French players are lazy.

The question, funnily enough, came from a French journalist.

The Newcastle manager admitted that there was a difference between French and English football but that it was about getting used to the intensity of the game this side of the Channel, not about French players being lazy.

Pardew put forward Remy Cabella as a typical French player who had found the intensity hard to cope with when arriving at Newcastle and admitted that it was ideal that the recent wins had meant he hadn’t been forced to play the French international.

Alan Pardew;

“My opinion is very simple about that, the difference here is that we class everybody with a programme, that makes not working hard very difficult.

“The Premier League is such that you can’t hide here, you cannot have a rest, sometimes in French football there are opportunities to rest.”

A different strategy;

“It is a different strategy to the game some of the time, some of the French, not all of them.

“When they come to me, some of the guys have found the intensity of the work…not that they shy away from the hard work..I think the intensity catches them out and it is about catching that up.”

Cabella a prime example;

“I give Cabella as an example, of somebody who is getting to grips with the intensity of the Premier League.

“We are not under such pressure to start him now, though he is coming in cameos and I think he is finding that easier – he’ll get stronger as he goes along.”

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