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Vieira: There’s no place like home

  • 01 May 2014 08:51
  • Posted by @markbooth_mcfc

On paper they may be regarded as underdogs but City EDS have what it takes to beat Chelsea in the under-21 Premier League semi-final.

That’s according to their boss, Patrick Vieira, who is expecting an open and entertaining encounter at the Etihad Stadium tonight.

Chelsea finished top of the table after 21 games and are unbeaten in three but the Frenchman thinks that home advantage could prove to be decisive to City’s chances of facing Liverpool or Manchester United in the league final.

“At the end, I do believe that the best team in the league finished fourth, because if you look at the last two or three months we’ve played some really good football,” Patrick told

“It’s been a successful season if you look at how we started the league and where we are now. I think you can already describe this as a good season now we’re in the play-offs.

“That said, we want to stay until the end - we know we are playing against a really good side but I believe that we are good enough to give them a good game and then, why can’t we win it?

“These are two teams who love to have possession of the ball and two teams who like to go forwards and that’s why it’s going to be a really interesting match."

...Patrick Vieira...

“Playing at home is a really good advantage, too, so I just hope that the fans will turn up and support us because the players have been working really hard and there’s a place in the final to play for.”

All proceeds from ticket sales for the game will be donated to #StephensStory, the inspiring charity initiative started by 19-year old Stephen Sutton.

In light of this announcement on Tuesday, Vieira believes that it’s at these times you realise the positive role that football can play in society.

“It’s a fantastic initiative for the football club – this young man is an example of courage, determination and a message to always keep fighting.

"It’s a really good way to show football can send a strong message to society today."

...Patrick Vieira...

“As a person, as a player, as a coach, I feel very proud to be part of this project.

“It’s also twice the reason for fans to come – it’s a chance for them to show their support for Stephen. He’s been fighting for years and he deserves all support he receives.”

Tickets for tonight’s game are £3 for adults, £1 for concessions and full details can be found here.

The first 100 people into the stadium will receive a free MCFC scarf!

Seasoncard holders can attend the game for free but please donate to Stephen’s Story by visiting his Just Giving page here or you can donate £5 by texting STEPHEN to 70500.

You can keep up to date with Stephen’s progress on Twitter at @_StephensStory.

Come along, support the team and help support this fantastic cause!

CoMS at twilight May 2010

U21 Premier League semi-final

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