Vieira: France are leaving best player behind
- 15 May 2014 07:50
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Samir Nasri should be heading to the World Cup – that’s not just the view of all City fans, but one of Les Bleus' greatest ever players.
EDS boss Patrick Vieira reckons national team boss Didier Deschamps has got it wrong by omitting a player that was an integral part of City’s double triumph this season – and the former World Cup winner knows what he is talking about.
The Guardian report: “Vieira, a former France team-mate of Nasri, has criticised the decision to drop a player who has had a fine season with his club.
“The head of Manchester City's elite development squad does not accept Deschamps' claim that omitting Nasri would improve harmony in the squad, saying the midfielder had never had a problem with indiscipline at City.
‘I played with Samir in the national team and I am still working with him at City,’ said Vieira, speaking at ITV's World Cup launch. ‘We never heard nothing about him at City. I think in France sometimes they are not strong enough to deal with personalities. It's quite surprising because Deschamps has personality and experience.’
“Nasri was instrumental in helping City to win the Premier League and scored the opening goal in their decisive victory over West Ham on the final day of the season.
‘If you want to win the World Cup you need to select the best player,’ Vieira said. ‘And Samir, this year he has been fantastic. He did everything to go to the World Cup. He has been scoring goals, making assists.
‘The way he has grown up is his influence on the group and the team. He is a positive lad, he has been working really hard and he is taking more responsibility on his shoulder. He has got personality, and a strong personality. He never had a problem with Manchester City.’”
Elsewhere, on a relatively quiet day, Manuel Pellegrini says the Blues will look to kick on in next season’s Champions League, but is keen to rein in expectations.
The Daily Mail’s John Drayton quotes the boss in his piece this morning:
“’This year we were very unlucky because we played with one player less against Barcelona (after Martin Demichelis was sent off).
'I don’t know if we are going to win it next year but we will try to get at least one stage further.’
“Club owner Sheik Mansour has welcomed Pellegrini and his players to Abu Dhabi to celebrate winning the title and the Capital One Cup.
“Pellegrini added: ‘We are celebrating here in Abu Dhabi what we did last season. Next week we will start working on how we can improve.’”