Patrick Vieira believes his Crystal Palace side have done better than their 17th-place finish in the Premier League suggests.
The Eagles go into Sunday’s game with Leeds just above the relegation zone on goal difference.
Vieira is aware of Palace’s position but having played against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea he believes it’s too early in the season to make it a talking point for his side.
He said: “Of course I’m looking at the table because that’s it.
“But talking to the players across the table? No, no, because there is still a long way to go.
“As always, we focus on how we want to play the game, what our responsibilities are on the field and try to do the right things to win football games.
“And so far if you look at all the games we’ve played we’ve had some really good performances and we’re not where we should be with the way we’ve been playing.”
Joachim Andersen, who was back in training this week, could return for the Eagles against Leeds after missing the Chelsea game with a calf injury, while Chris Richards, signed in the summer, is “slowly recovering from a hamstring problem “.
Nathan Ferguson and James McArthur, among others, are still in rehab from injuries.
The Leeds game is the first of seven ahead of the Winter World Cup, with some Palace players traveling to Qatar.
Vieira says those left behind should still expect a rigorous program during the unusually timed tournament.
He said: “Those five weeks are about giving the players a couple of days.
“But at the same time it’s about keeping the fitness higher and going somewhere where you can play games because fitness with training is good but it’s even better if you can play some competitive games so we’re going to try to do that do.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/crystal-palace-joachim-andersen-patrick-vieira-leeds-manchester-city-b2198663.html Patrick Viira believes Crystal Palace deserved more this season