Steven Gerrard and Patrick Viera will clash in the Premier League once more on Saturday, but not how they’re used to. Both have gone down in folklore as two of the competition’s greatest ever midfielders, but they are now aiming to reach similar heights as managers in the dugout.
Gerrard takes his Aston Villa side to Selhurst Park this weekend, where Patrick Viera’s Crystal Palace await.
The ex-Rangers boss enjoyed a positive start to his tenure last time out, overseeing a 2-0 triumph over Brighton & Hove Albion at Villa Park.
Meanwhile, Viera has enjoyed a fine start to his reign. The Eagles are unbeaten in their last seven games, albeit with five stalemates, and have lost just two league games this season – to Chelsea and Liverpool.
Saturday’s clash is expected to be a tight, hard-fought encounter, with Gerrard going up against a figure he looked up to as a player.
“He’s a role model for me. He made me realise that I can become a lot fitter and be more composed on the ball.
“When you’re 21 and have played a limited number of matches, then you can improve on every aspect of your game.
“Patrick, at 24, is that bit older and stronger. He started off defending and then making some dangerous runs forward.
“I hope there will be some good battles between us in the future. I did have the consolation of a winner’s medal.”