Vieira: Mourinho above Wenger

Former Arsenal and Inter Milan midfielder Patrick Vieira has said that Jose Mourinho, and not Arsene Wenger, was the biggest influence on him as a player.

The former France international, now head coach of New York City FC, made 279 Premier League appearances for the Gunners between 1996 and 2005, and was captain of the "Invincibles", who won the title in 2003/04 without suffering a single league defeat.

Vieira then moved to Italy to join Juventus in 2005 before signing for the Nerazzurri a season later, linking up with Mourinho at San Siro and going on to win the treble in 2010.

"Jose. He's the manager who had more influence on me," Vieira told The Times when asked who would be the coach of his dream XI.

"Arsene is more concentrated on his own team — he gives freedom to players to express themselves. It's a different style.

"Mourinho was the one who impressed me most on his work ethic. He knew everything about the opposition, the strength, weakness.

"His detail was unbelievable – everything was so clear about what he wanted from each player. I don't know what happened at Chelsea but he always got the best out of his players."

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