Vieira: Mourinho Made The Most Impact

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Former Arsenal player Patrice Vieira has revealed Mourinho made the most impact on him than Wenger did.

Vieira spent nine years under Wenger, winning three premier leagues and four FA cups, before moving to Juventus and then a brief stint with Mourinho at Inter.

The stint lasted all of 18 months, but it was more than enough to impress Vieira, which was what Mourinho did.

“[Mourinho] was the one who impressed me most on his work ethic,” he told the Times. “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.”

When asked which manager he would chose to lead his dream team, Vieira also had no doubt: “Jose. He’s the manager who had more influence on me.

“Arsene is more concentrated on his own team — he gives freedom to players to express themselves. It’s a different style.”

The 39-year-old was appointed head coach at New York City FC back in November and says he has never been approached by Arsenal about working at the Emirates.

“I’ve never been contacted by anyone to manage or get involved with the club,” he explained. “I was expecting something from them, but it didn’t come. It didn’t kill me.

“He [Wenger] is a busy man. I didn’t speak to him in quite a long time.”



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