Vieira books a room at the top
- 21 March 2012 10:35
- Posted by Tim Oscroft
Patrick Vieira brings all his vast experience to the table as City look to enter the sort of territory he knows all about.
League titles, World Cups even - the big man has been there, done that, worn the t-shirt and in an insightful interview with Mark Ogden in the Telegraph he discusses his role at City and what we need to do to secure the title.
Sat underneath a poster that says "Work hard and be nice to people" - how true, how true - he tells Oggy:
"'When you get into the last ten games and the pressure starts to build up - it is getting exciting.' Vieira’s arrival at City in Jan 2010, a month after Mancini was appointed as successor to Mark Hughes, highlighted the bond between the two men which was forged during their time winning scudetti together at Inter.
And having also worked under Arsene Wenger, Fabio Capello and Jose Mourinho, Vieira insists that Mancini is equally capable of guiding a team through the tension of a title run-in.
...Ogden on Vieira
"He said: 'With Roberto and Inter, the team was winning and we were strong because Roberto was believing in himself and what he was doing.
“'I think, as a club, to believe that we can win the league is quite important and Roberto gives that belief. It comes from the manager.
“'Roberto is calm and he knows that the calmness could be the decisive factor.'"
As for the boss himself, he's in bullish mood as quoted in the Irish Independent.
"City, who have a game in hand on United, may have to play Chelsea without their first-choice central defenders Vincent Kompany and Joleon Lescott, a scenario the manager admitted could be a 'big problem'. But it has not dampened his optimism about the chances of stealing the title from Old Trafford.
“'I am confident because the players are very strong and they know we have a big chance to win this title,” he said. “I also think we deserve this after being top for seven months. We were top until one week ago, so we don’t want to lose this chance to win. It changes nothing to be one point behind at this moment, because we have another 10 games, including a derby [at home to United on April 30th]. We have everything in our hands.'”