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£7m Crystal Palace man shares 'one small thing' Patrick Vieira makes players do in training

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According to James McArthur, Patrick Vieira has added one ‘important’ thing to Crystal Palace’s training sessions in Beckenham.

What’s the story?

Well, speaking to the Evening Standard, the £7m man revealed that Vieira has introduced forfeits into training sessions.

McArthur said: “I’d say winning. I think that’s one of the emphasis on what he brings, that winning mentality. Just one small thing in training we do is that no matter what it is, if you lose there is a forfeit and I think that’s important.

“It’s a different way of playing and we’re all getting used to it and enjoying it.”

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That might not seem like a huge change, but it’s definitely an interesting one.

Vieira seems to be keen to tap into the psychological side of things in south London, which sounds encouraging to us.

Of course, you might argue that players should want to win regardless, and they shouldn’t need forfeits to get them going.

However, you never know how a player is feeling, or what’s going on in their head. It’s important for Vieira to make his squad full of competitors, regardless of whether it’s in training or on a matchday.

Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace sessions look far more intense

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Just by watching training footage uploaded by the Eagles, you can see how intense sessions are in comparison to under Roy Hodgson.

Last season, Crystal Palace would post footage of players simply crossing the ball in to an unmarked teammate, among many other drills which simply didn’t seem hard enough for a Premier League side.

Of course, stuff happens behind the scenes which we don’t get to see.

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However, it certainly seems like Vieira has instilled some more energy into life at Crystal Palace.

McArthur seems to be enjoying it, which bodes well given his status as vice-captain at Selhurst Park.

Hopefully, we’ll get to see this newfound energy and drive in abundance tomorrow against Brentford.

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