Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira makes Leeds United Premier League prediction after feisty draw
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The Crystal Palace boss was delighted with how 'real' their friendly against Jesse Marsch's side felt at Perth's Optus Stadium, with challenges flying in just like they would in a Premier League clash.
Marsch and players from each side saw yellow as referee Daniel Elder wrestled to keep control of the game.
The playing surface made life tricky for both teams and the physicality of the contest cost Leeds in the first half as both Luis Sinisterra and Adam Forshaw limped off.
Vieira had no complaints about the pitch, however, and relished the spirit the game was played in.
"The pitch is what it is and we have to deal with it," he said.
"That wasn't an issue, the quality of the field. "I think both teams showed the competitiveness of the Premier League, you know, ourselves with only having one game to play before the start of the season, we wanted that game and the last couple of games that we played to be real and to be really close to what to expect from the first game of the season and I was really pleased with the intensity, the physical side of the game and I think the team did well today."
A crowd of 33,000 watched on as Leeds took the lead from Rodrigo's penalty, before Jean-Philippe Mateta levelled on the counter attack. The nip-and-tuck nature of the game and its physicality is what the Australian fans wanted, Vieira felt.
"I think the referee did a really good job," he said.
"Both teams played with competitiveness and both teams wanted to win the game. And I think this is why the fans enjoy it because we play with the intensity and that was really close to the Premier League games. And I think when you play abroad, this is what the fans expect. And I think we give them what they want, a good game of football."
As for Leeds, Vieira saw no real difference in the side his Palace team drew with back in April but he predicts their aggression will force teams to think on their feet next season.
"I think the philosophy of the manager is clear, putting high pressure and trying to win the ball in the opposition half," he said.
"They play with a lot of intensity so many teams that will face Leeds will have to make a quick decision to play around, because they're really quite aggressive defending on the front foot.
"I think more the game grew today the better we were and the more tired they were as well. I was really pleased with the overall quality of the game."