RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) Midfielder Yohan Cabaye returns to the France lineup with a strong message for his teammates: don’t be overconfident.
Cabaye will face Nigeria in Monday’s Round of 16 game as France aims to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 2006, the year it lost the final to Italy.
Cabaye was suspended for Wednesday’s 0-0 draw with Ecuador, and his crisp passing was sorely missed.
Since that game, defender Bacary Sagna and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin – Cabaye’s replacement against Ecuador – confidently promoted France’s chances, with Sagna saying on Friday it would be ”a failure” not to win the tournament.
Cabaye warns against bold predictions, saying ”confidence shouldn’t become arrogance” and adding that ”to say we’re going to win the World Cup is a lot.”