Vieira is ready to face Henry for the first time

ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 05: New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira is seen on the sideline during a MLS soccer match between New York City FC and Orlando City SC at the Orlando City Stadium on March 5, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)

Both footballers played together for Arsenal from 1999 to 2005, and now they are managing Nice and Monaco in the French Ligue 1.

Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry played together in the English Premier League from 1999 to 2005.

They won two EPL titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal during that time.

And now, Vieira is coaching Nice and Henry is managing Monaco, both in the French Ligue 1.

“It is strange because we spent so much time together,” Vieira said to Sky Sports.

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“We played, we won, we lost games together in the same team.”

“We started our career, him in Monaco and me in Cannes. We have always been really close to each other. It’s quite funny that we are both in the south for our first coaching jobs in France,” he added.

“I think we are both really excited about it. It never crossed my mind that we would be coaching, him Monaco and myself Nice and playing against each other, so close.”

“I think Thierry (Henry) is one of the best French players. I think he had a fantastic career. I would put him in the same level as (Zinedine) Zidane, Raymond Kopa or Michel Platini,” he commented.

“What is really important for me is to focus on what’s happening on the field. How we can train every day and try to put a system in place that allows us to be successful and win football matches.”