Monday 20 November 2017

Vieira demands City lay down European marker

Chris Brereton

Patrick Vieira has designs on not only beating former club Juventus tonight, but also helping Manchester City forge a winning mentality by lifting the Europa League trophy.

Vieira left Arsenal to join Juventus in 2005 before switching to Inter Milan a season later. Although his stay at the Turin club may have been brief, he has a better perspective than most on what City need to do to emulate the Italian side, whose past glories include 27 Serie A titles and two European Cups.

"It's really important for the future that we win silverware this year, it doesn't matter what we win," Vieira said. "But why can't we win it (the Europa League)?"

Roberto Mancini is expected to give Vieira his 18th City appearance since returning to England in January, but his motivation tonight has nothing to do with holding the bragging rights over Luigi Del Neri's side. It has more to do with building a legacy at City, who, for all their untold millions, have not added to their trophy cabinet since the 1976 League Cup.

"We have to win something because then we can start to build a football club with a winning mentality," the 34-year-old added.

"That starts in the office and goes right through to the pitch. It goes through every level. I firmly believe we are strong enough to win it."

Vieira's return to English football has not been as smooth as he might have wished, as Gareth Barry, James Milner and Yaya Toure have all been preferred. "It is frustrating because I would like to play more and be more involved," he said. "But I will get my chance to show the manager he can count on me."

Meanwhile, City striker Craig Bellamy has been ruled out of Wales's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Switzerland next month. Bellamy, who is on loan at Cardiff, has been sidelined for three weeks with a knee problem. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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