Patrick Vieira was a great player for Arsenal when they were at their heights under Arsene Wenger and he has today said the two most passionate supporters he has played against are at Newcastle and Liverpool.
Patrick Vieira today – a fantastic player for Arsenal
We’ve always thought Liverpool fans were very like Newcastle fans because although their club has had a lot more success than Newcastle, they have also been very patient when Liverpool have been less successful.
And they always support their team through thick and thin – although at Liverpool there hasn’t been too much thin – well at least compared to Newcastle.
Patrick was speaking today at the launch of a new initiative between UEFA and Western Union – and this is some of what he said:
“Liverpool’s fans were always very passionate, as were Newcastle United” “A passionate atmosphere can be very intimidating for players, but as professionals this is part of the game and you must rise to the challenge.”
“I played with amazing players like Bergkamp, Zidane and many others! But for me the best had to be Zidane.”
Patrick was part of the Arsenal team that went through a full season unbeaten – 2003-2004 – the only time that has ever happened in the English Premier League.
Arsenal ended up with 90 points with 26 wins and 12 draws, but Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea has the highest number of points in a 38 game PL season with 95 points in 2004-2005 – his first season in charge of Chelsea – and the most wins at 29.
He equalled that number of wins in his next season too, and in their 95 points season Chelsea lost one game when they went down 1-0 at Manchester City, who were managed by a certain Kevin Keegan at the time.
Patrick Vieira is now of course at Manchester City and manages the U21 (Reserve) side and while at Arsenal he played 372 games with 33 goals and 12 assists.
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