Patrick Vieira believes that Manchester City couldn’t be more deserving of their place in the Champions League, as the Eastlands side get ready for their first match in the history of the competition tomorrow night against Napoli.
Vieira was a member of the City side last season when they guaranteed qualification into the tournament, after narrowly missing out to Tottenham Hotspur the year before.
And the former defensive midfielder, who now works behind the scenes at City mentoring players, believes that after all their hard work, the squad deserve their moment in the sun.
“First of all the fans will enjoy it, they’ve been expecting these kind of games at the Etihad Stadium for a long time, the fans will be glad and I hope they will enjoy the day because last year the team worked really hard,” Vieira told the official City website.
“I think we truly believe in ourselves and we deserve to play Champions League football, and the lads are really excited. They can’t wait and I think when you work hard like we did last year, you get the reward.
“They can’t wait to listen to the Champions League music before the kick off so it will be really exciting. Hopefully we can start with a win.”
The 35-year-old is now working on the administrative side of the club, after completing a football career spanning 18 years. And Vieira admits that while it is taking some getting used to not being on the pitch, he’s really enjoying helping the City squad and the people involved at the club.
“I really enjoy it - I quite like it to be honest,” he said. “It’s really new for me sitting in the office.
“It’s something I have to get used to but I’m surrounded by nice, good people and I’m learning every day so that’s what makes it really exciting for me.”