Patrick Vieira believes composure and an ability to cope under pressure will be defining factors in this season’s Premier League title race.
The competition at the top of the table has captured the imagination of most Premier League fans with Liverpool currently sitting two points clear of their closest rivals, having played a game more than Man City.
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- Man City returned to the top of the Premier League on Saturday with a 1-0 win over Spurs.
- But Liverpool leapfrogged City again on Sunday after beating Cardiff 2-0.
- Liverpool are two points clear of City but have played a game more.
- City’s game in hand is Wednesday night’s Manchester derby.
- Vieira believes ‘squad depth and composure’ are the key elements at this point.
And former Arsenal and City midfielder Vieira, who is now managing in France with Nice, believes it will be the small details that will decide the closest of title races.
“I think it [the difference in the final stretch of the season] is having all the players fit and ready to play. I think squad numbers are quite important going into the end,” he told Sky Sports News.
“I think [being] calm, composed, and concentrated on what matters is really important as well, and I think it is about managing the pressure. Because the more close you get to the end, the more pressure you will have on your shoulders.
“I think the team that will be more calm will have more chance of winning the title.”
Vieira: Manchester is blue
After years of dominating English football, a title race between Liverpool and Man City must be the worst nightmare of most Manchester United fans.
However, the Red Devils will have a huge say in where the title will go come the end of the season when they face City in the Manchester derby on Wednesday.
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But as daunting as a trip to Old Trafford should be at this stage of the season, Vieira believes City are firmly the best team in Manchester and should lock horns with their rivals full of confidence.
“It’s a derby, and it’s always difficult to play a derby, but I think City in the last couple of years has been the best team in Manchester,” he said.
“I hope they will manage to go to the end and win it because they have been really consistent. They have been playing some fantastic football.
“I really enjoy watching them every weekend, they are scoring goals, and I wish them all the best.”