Vieira defends Villa omission

Patrick Vieira defended his decision to not start David Villa as New York City FC cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win against Orlando City in the MLS

New York continued their unbeaten home run this season by with rookie Ismael Tajouri-Shradi netting a brace and Maximiliano Morález adding another to secure a 3-0 win at the Yankee Stadium on Saturday.

A healthy Villa was left on the bench for the encounter and the New York captain was notably upset by Vieira’s decision.

“Top players will never accept being on the bench. It’s why they had the career that they had,” said Vieira, according to the MLS website.

“I think I have a really good relationship with David. We talk a lot and as a coach, I have to think about the team first before thinking about the individual. It’s a tough decision, but this is part of my job and David, Maxime [Chanot], all the players who are on the bench are not happy to be on the bench. I will be upset if I find out players on the bench are quite really happy.”

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The French coach is aware of the quality that Villa brings to the side.

“David is David and he’s still one of the top strikers in this league and he’s going to score goals for us,” he said.

“There’s no doubt about it.”

The former Barcelona and Valencia star, who has scored eight league goals this season, came on for the final 25 minutes of the game.


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