"It's a mindset we need to work on" - Vieira on Palace's late-game woes
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Crystal Palace manager Patrick Vieira discusses his sides' lapses in mindset this season but has "no doubts" that they can change their fortunes as the Eagles prepare to face Leeds United at Selhurst Park. 

The Frenchman also discussed Palace's easier upcoming fixtures, the squad's injury list and the strength of his opponent this Sunday. 

The Eagles are looking to bounce back after last weekend's disappointing result against Chelsea, with the Blues coming from behind to steal the three points from the home side.

  • How to beat Leeds

Leeds have been in poor form recently.

Since being unbeaten in their first three Premier League matches, including their dramatic 3-0 thumping of Chelsea, they have struggled to pick up points with just two in their last four fixtures. 

Vieira hopes he can exploit the struggling Yorkshire side and claim Palace's second win of the season, but notes how Leeds are not to be underestimated. 

"We have to be at our best. We have to take our chances. We have to be more clinical in both areas of the field and play the way we know we can do."

  • Palace's bad habits

Palace's late-game woes are becoming an unwanted characteristic of Vieira's side, with the Eagles dropping vital points in the closing stages of matches against the likes of Manchester City and Brentford.  

"We need to try and find a way not to concede those goals because those goals are stopping us taking points that we deserved.

"When you look at our performances, the last game against Chelsea especially, we deserved the points in that game."

Last weekend, as Vieira alluded to, Palace dropped more points as result of a late goal after Conor Gallagher returned to Selhurst Park to haunt his old side by scoring a 90th minute screamer

More points dropped late. 

(Photo: Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images) Gallagher scores against Palace to seal the three points for Chelsea.
(Photo: Andrew Kearns - CameraSport via Getty Images) Gallagher scores against Palace to seal the three points for Chelsea.

"It's a mindset that we need to work on [and] to change. It [comes] from the bench and from me as a manager."

However, the Frenchman is confident that his side and drop this bad habit and become stronger at closing out matches. 

"But this is something we have to resolve if we want to win football matches. Since I've been here we've had issues with different parts of the game, but its something we can work on and improve.

"I have no doubts about that."

  • Palace's tough start and brighter future 

Palace had perhaps the toughest start to the Premier League season, having already faced Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal in their first seven matches. 

Their future fixtures look much more promising and Vieira will no doubt be looking to add much more points to the board, but understands that in the Premier League there are no easy matches. 

"Every game will have its challenges. Of course, the first couple of games we played were against teams that believe they will be finishing in the top part of the table.

"But overall its not just about the result it's about the way we played and what we deliver in those circumstances. Every game we played we competed quite well.

"We want to compete. We want to play well. We want to win games.

"Of course the challenges will be different from one team to another but [Leeds is] still going to be a tough game."

 

  • Vieira v Marsch - reigniting an old rivalry?

Both Patrick Vieira and Leeds manager Jesse Marsch began their managerial careers in the MLS. While Vieira was in the dugout for New York City FC, Marsch managed the New York Red Bulls. 

The pair formed something of a rivalry while in the Big Apple, with Vieira being sent off on the touchline due to confronting Marsch and then subsequently refusing to shake the American's hand. 

(Photo: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) Vieira and Marsch were all hugs last time the pair met at <strong><a  data-cke-saved-href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/08/31/crystal-palace/1121661-its-like-a-family-here-wilfried-zaha-continues-to-call-south-london-home-amid-transfer-speculation.html' href='https://www.vavel.com/en/football/2022/08/31/crystal-palace/1121661-its-like-a-family-here-wilfried-zaha-continues-to-call-south-london-home-amid-transfer-speculation.html'>Selhurst Park.</a></strong> Should the fire reignite perhaps Marsch will be in for his second touchline ban of the season.
(Photo: Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images) Vieira and Marsch were all hugs last time the pair met at Selhurst Park. Should the fire reignite perhaps Marsch will be in for his second touchline ban of the season.

That beef is behind Vieira now, who chuckled before he said:

"There is a huge respect for each other. The last time we played against each other he was good. It was two teams who were playing to win the game. 

"There is not any kind of negativity between Jesse and myself". 

  • Injury setbacks

Vieira also gave an update on his squads' fitness, with a few notable losses for the Eagles. 

"[Clyne] went to the hospital. He is back at home now. He's coming to training on separate days to do work with the physios, but he'll need a couple of weeks."

Vieira also noted that James MacArthur, who celebrates his 35th birthday today, is also still a while away.

However, Palace may be boosted by the return of superstar centre back Joachim Andersen, with Vieira hinting at the Danes' return. 

"Joachim Andersen trained with the team the last couple of days – it’s looking good."

Andersen has been a standout for Palace this season, so his return will give fans and players alike a lot of confidence ahead of this weekend. 

 

Crystal Palace face Leeds United on Sunday at 14:00. 

 

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