“It is a staff that within the final 5 – 6 years are combating to win the Champions League and the Premier League,” he stated in his post-match press convention. “We knew how difficult this might be.

“However I’m happy as a result of this was a sport that allowed us to take a step ahead from the final sport we had. We’re getting higher bodily. There are nonetheless issues to work on however I feel we took a step ahead.

“We’re by no means completely satisfied to concede objectives after we play soccer matches. However on the opposite facet, have a look at the standard of the Liverpool squad. We aren’t shocked in any respect.

“General I feel it’s a step forwards for us concerning the place we wish to be when the primary sport of the season will come.”

Vieira made particular point out for the Palace followers on the Nationwide Stadium in Singapore.

“It’s one thing fairly new for us as a soccer membership,” he stated. “To come back right here and to have pre-season and to play towards probably the greatest groups in Europe is all the time good.

“Even when we’re [from] Crystal Palace, we nonetheless have assist around the globe. It’s good for us to return round and perceive that the Premier League is adopted worldwide, and now we have followers.

“It’s all the time good to have our gamers spend time right here for a few days. We went to totally different locations and that is fascinating for us as a soccer membership.”

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