It goes without saying that we’re all enjoying this refreshing, attack-minded approach Patrick Vieira has brought with him to south London.
We managed to have 18 shots against Tottenham last time out, 62% possession and also won eight corners (BBC).
Our dominance was there for all to see, even before Japhet Tanganga’s red card.
It was absolutely brilliant to see us on the front foot, and judging by Vieira’s pre-Liverpool comments, we can expect the same at Anfield tomorrow.
What did Patrick Vieira say?
As quoted by Football London, the Frenchman said: “There is a weakness on their side we can try to exploit. To exploit that we have to be brave and to try and get something from the game. If we go there and think about defending for 90 minutes they will score goals.”
We don’t know about you, but that’s music to our ears.
Specifically, that last sentence speaks volumes about how proactive Vieira wants us to be, in what is a stark contract to the days of Roy Hodgson.
It’s great to have a manager who isn’t scared of the opposition, even one who have been named champions of England and Europe in recent years.
Patrick Vieira is saying all the right things
Crystal Palace fans aren’t deluded. We don’t expect a win tomorrow, not even a draw.
We just want to see our team give 100% and look like they’re trying to win the game.
Throughout the entirety of last season, it seemed as if Hodgson was turning up purely to avoid losing matches, which was a pathetic approach in truth.
Vieira is either a clever man, and is reading the room superbly, or he’s simply a brave tactician who isn’t scared of anyone – or both!
Whatever happens tomorrow, Crystal Palace fans are just thankful to – at last – have someone in the dugout who will take the game to opponents.
Can we spring another upset? Anything’s possible after last week.