Yohan Cabaye has insisted that he and his Crystal Palace teammates are “ready to fight” their way up the Premier League table.
The midfielder feels that the mentality is right amongst those at Copers Cope and he’s keen to see it turn into points on the pitch, starting this Saturday at home to Everton.
“We are motivated to win games and to give our best on the pitch because we all know where we are today,” he said. “The mentality is very good every day, we work hard and now we just have to take what we do at the training ground into the weekend. I know it’s totally different but we’ve got quality in the team, we have to play with confidence, perform well and try to win.
“It’s not enough to say ‘we played well today’ if we get nothing from the game, hopefully now we will take points and keep playing well – that’s the target for us.”
Everton visit Selhurst Park on the back of a position-boosting win over Watford last time out before the international break and Cabaye is well aware that they may also still be feeling the positive effects of a change in manager.
“We know how it is when you change manager. All the players want to show themselves to the new manager, so it will be a tough game. We are ready to fight and we just have to be focused on the three points and nothing less than that. We have to play with our heads and stay clever on the pitch, we can’t do silly things. We need to stay solid.
“We are working really hard on the shape of the team defensively and also offensively. Unfortunately for Roy we had big injuries up front to Wilf and to Christian. Now Christian is back [training], so things should get better and better."
“We missed Wilf since the beginning of the season and Christian more recently,” he said.
“Wilf, we all know how good he is. He can do some things that only he knows how to do, he’s a key player for us. He can score and assist, his qualities are so high. We need to help him as well, to give him good passes in the final third and help him to be at his best. And also Christian, he is a goalscorer, so we need to give him the chance in the box to score goals.”
Cabaye knows the importance of the fans as well – something which is regularly stressed by the first team players and staff – and wanted to recognise the support the boys have received in 2017-18 so far.
“First of all I’d [like to] thank them a lot,” he said. “I know sometimes it’s hard to see some of our games, but I want to let them know that we give everything every day to be better and to perform well at the weekend. Their support is massive for us and we need them right behind us, to try to turn things around and hopefully to have better days.”
Yohan also discussed the qualities Roy Hodgson possesses as a manager, the impressive performance of Ruben Loftus-Cheek for England and touched more on the Eagles’ poor start to the campaign, as well as honestly assessing his own qualities.
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