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Vieira believes composure is the key to title success

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Former Arsenal skipper Patrick Vieira has highlighted squad depth and composure as the keys to title success.

Liverpool are two points ahead of City in one of the most keenly contested Premier League title races in recent history.

Speaking from experience, former Man City midfielder Vieira who won seven league titles across his time as a player with Arsenal and Inter Milan feels the team that holds its nerve in the last three weeks will clinch the title.

LONDON – MAY 12: Gilles Grimandi and Patrick Vieira of Arsenal with the FA Barclaycard Premiership trophy during Arsenal’s open top bus parade of the AXA FA Cup and the FA Barclaycard Premiership trophy to their fans held on May 12, 2002, at the Islington Town Hall in London, England. (Photo by Craig Prentis/Getty Images)

“I think it [the difference in the final stretch of the season] is having all the players fit and ready to play. I think squad numbers are quite important going into the end,” he told Sky Sports News.

“I think [being] calm, composed, and concentrated on what matters is really important as well, and I think it is about managing the pressure. Because the more close you get to the end, the more pressure you will have on your shoulders.

“I think the team that will be calmer will have more chance of winning the title.”

Vieira went on to tip Man City to win the title even with the Manchester derby at Old Trafford in the mix.

“It’s a derby, and it’s always difficult to play a derby, but I think City in the last couple of years has been the best team in Manchester,” he said.

“I hope they will manage to go to the end and win it because they have been really consistent. They have been playing some fantastic football.

“I really enjoy watching them every weekend, they are scoring goals, and I wish them all the best.”