Vieira backs City for title
Patrick Vieira is confident Man City can beat local rivals United to the title and claims they remind him of Arsenal's Invincibles.
Last Updated: 21/02/12 9:30am
Patrick Vieira is confident Manchester City can beat local rivals Manchester United to the Premier League title and claims they remind him of Arsenal's Invincibles.
Vieira, who ended his playing career at City last summer to become the club's football development executive, captained the legendary unbeaten Gunners side of the 2003/04 campaign.
The Frenchman believes Roberto Mancini's men have the same spirit as Arsene Wenger's champions and can beat United to the trophy.
"Why this team reminds me of Arsenal is that the focus is there as a team," Vieira told the Daily Mirror.
"What I really like about this team and makes me remember Arsenal, is the atmosphere in the dressing room.
"There is a group of lads, who have a really strong relationship. They are really friendly and really strong.
"At Arsenal I liked going to training every day because the atmosphere was really good and I feel at City it is the same.
"I feel the club and Roberto have created this relationship with the players, who like to be together, who like to spend time together - that's the start to success. Players who want to achieve the same objective.
"At Arsenal we believed in ourselves. Our self-belief was really high. Maybe some people will say that was arrogance, but it was just self-belief. We knew we were good enough to win the league - I believe that is what's happening at City."
Vieira accepts United have more experience in winning the Premier League but claims City have already proven they are a better side this season.
The Frenchman added: "We are a better side than United. When you look at our team and how we played since the start of the season and you look at how United have played since the start of the season, the fact is that we are better than them.
"We've got the best goalkeeper in the league, maybe in Europe. I believe Joe Hart is up there with Casillas and Neuer as the best goalkeeper in the world.
"Our back four is working really hard for each other. We have one of the best players in the world with David Silva, and Yaya Toure has also been fantastic for us this season.
"Gareth Barry is playing the best football he has ever played. I believe we have the team to win the league. Every ingredient is there to do it.
"But United know how to win. Alex Ferguson knows the league better than anybody else. They win titles year after year. They know what to do to win the league.
"As a club it's quite new for us to be in that situation. But we have players with experience, we have a manager with the experience, we have the desire to do it and the focus is there."