Patrick Vieira has instilled a change in mentality that has allowed Crystal Palace to improve its record against the biggest clubs in the Premier League, according to the Sun reporter. Tom barclay.
Vieira was named Palace manager a month before the start of the season and his side suffered just two Premier League defeats before facing defending champions Manchester City this weekend.
How has Palace played so far this season?
Palace has entered a new era under Vieira after taking just six points out of 36 possible against the so-called Premier League greats – consisting of Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur – last season .
However, Roy Hodgson’s departure at the end of last season marked a change of fortune at Selhurst Park.
Although Vieira’s reign started with a disturbing 3-0 loss to Chelsea, they rebounded to secure their first point on the table against Brentford.
The Eagles went on to draw a 2-2 draw against West Ham United, who are currently in the Europa League after a points record put them sixth in the Premier League last season.
This sign of progress was supported by a 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, which turned out to be their only Premier League win under Vieira so far.
Although a loss by the same score followed against Liverpool, they also recorded a 2-2 draw against Europa League participants Leicester City and would have won all three points at Arsenal without the equalizer in stoppage time. by Alexandre Lacazette.
What did Tom Barclay say about Palace’s form?
Although there has been a lack of wins, Barclay has seen progress in the way Palace plays against the top teams in the Premier League.
The Eagles are currently five points ahead of the relegation zone and sit 15th in the standings.
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Barclay believe Palace has made life more difficult for opponents since Vieira’s appointment.
The reporter says it is an exciting time for Eagles fans.
Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “What’s exciting from Palace’s point of view is that they seem to be going up against these top teams, where they’ve never done before.”
How has Vieira changed Palace?
Palace now have a younger squad after 11 players were out of contract at the start of the preseason this summer.
Vieira spent £ 28.5million rebuilding his squad during the transfer window and, in the process, signed Odsonne Edouard, Marc Guehi, Michael Olise and Joachim Andersen.
Edouard has taken off and is currently Palace’s top scorer having found the back of the net three times, while loaner arrival Conor Gallagher has become a fan favorite by winning the club’s Player of the Month award for August and September.