Henry, Vieira To Clash In French Ligue 1

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Former Arsenal teammates, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, will look to lead their respective teams to victory, when they clash in the French Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Henry took over at Monaco last October, while Vieira became Nice’s manager four months earlier.

The pair will face each other for the first time as managers in their career. The game had been postponed for security reasons over the anti-government protests in France.

Ahead of the encounter at home, the Monaco manager said he would not fancy friendship with his former France teammate.

“He is a friend of mine and he is a guy that I admire,” said Henry.

“Not only for the player but also for the man, and the game will not change that.

“But it is Monaco versus Nice which is the most important thing, and for a little bit, we are not going to like each other.”

The pair won the 1998 World Cup together with France. They also won five trophies at Arsenal. The Frenchmen were key members of Arsenal’s 2003-2004 invisible team, which won a double and went through the entire season without a defeat.

Both men, who are on their first major managerial roles, have had difficult starts in Ligue 1.

Their clubs took only one point from their first three games in charge, although Vieira’s side are currently in eighth position, having lost only three matches since August.

Monaco are struggling in 19th and are four points above relegation. The club have only won twice in their 10 league games since Henry took over.

 

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