Patrick Vieira doesn’t want Arsene Wenger to be the coach of his ‘team-mates XI’. The French Arsenal legend rather has Jose Mourinho running his team, according to The Daily Mail.
It’s a suprising pick from the 39-year-old, who enjoyed the most successful part of his career under Wenger with the Gunners.
Vieira was brought to the Premier League by his fellow countryman in 1996 and won seven trophies during his nine-year stay in London, while also being part of the Arsenal team that went unbeaten during the 2003/2004 season.
Still, the defensive midfielder has revealed that Mourinho had a bigger influence on him as a coach. Vieira credited the Portuguese coach for his work ethic, saying he knew everything about the opposition, the strength, weakness.
“His detail was unbelievable. Everything was so clear about what he wanted from each player. I don’t know what happened at Chelsea but he always got the best out of his players,” said the Frenchman.
According to Vieira, Wenger is more concentrated on his own team, giving freedom to players to express themselves, which he describes as “a different style.”
The 39-year-old is currently coaching MLS side New York City. He picked the following players to be in his ‘team-mates XI': David Seaman (Arsenal); Lillian Thuram (Juventus, France), Marcel Desailly (AC Milan, France), Fabio Cannavaro (Juventus), Paolo Maldini (AC Milan); Emmanuel Petit (Arsenal, France), Claude Makelele (France), Patrick Vieira, Zinedine Zidane (France); Dennis Bergkamp (Arsenal), Thierry Henry (Arsenal, France).