French press react to Remy and Sissoko's performance vs Spain

Loic Remy

France duo Loic Remy of Chelsea and Moussa Sissoko of Newcastle United were both lauded by L'Equipe, but one far more so than the other…

"Merci Remy!" - that was the headline L'Equipe ran with after Chelsea striker Loic Remy gave France a 1-0 lead over international friendly opponents Spain in Paris on Thursday, September 5.

Bought from Queens Park Rangers at the tail-end of the summer transfer window, Remy showed that he is currently in good form as he made an immediate impact coming off the bench for Les Bleus last night after linking up beautifully with Mathieu Valbuena.

His curling strike, L'Equipe noted, prompted the home fans into chanting "Where are the Spaniards?" at their visitors.

However, the match-winner was not the focus of L'Equipe's report as the prominent French publication dedicated more column inches to Newcastle United's box-to-box midfield sensation Moussa Sissoko.

The 25-year-old has enjoyed mainstay status in the Magpies's first team and he appears to have left a good impression with the media.

"Sissoko once again posed as a credible resource on the right side," the report said. "In a 4-2-3-1 as was the case facing Spain, the Newcastle player's status [in the first-team] deserves to be reviewed [included on a permanent basis.

"By his physical strength and quality of passes, the former Toulouse midfielder hurt the Spanish defense.

"Deprived of an assist, but involved the opening goal for Remy, Sissoko proved himself internationally against Spain."

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