Former France midfielder believes the club has the youth and the talent to win many more titles over the coming years, yet says coming out of retirement has never crossed his mind
Former Manchester City midfielder Patrick Vieira believes the club has the youth and the talent to go on to dominate the English game for years to come.
Sunday’s dramatic 3-2 win over QPR saw City record their first Premier League title win for 44 years, meaning Mancini has guided the club to two major pieces of silverware in his first two full seasons in charge at the Etihad Stadium.
Vieira concedes it is incredibly difficult to retain a Premier League title, citing his time at Arsenal as an example of the extremity of the challenge, yet the Frenchman believes Mancini’s side have the youth and the talent to do just that.
"With Arsenal it was difficult to win the title back to back, United did it [retained the Premier League crown] for quite a long time,” Vieira told reporters.
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"As a club it is important to win it back to back that is what you strive to do, but we know how difficult it is.
"Football is a cycle, every five or six years, and I hope this club will have the stability that you need to be successful. We know success comes with stability.
"We have a young team, really talented, with the determination to do well. Hopefully this team, for the next four or five years, will dominate the English game."
Since retiring at the end of the 2010/11 season, Vieira has gone on to become Manchester City’s football development executive.
The Frenchman has had to watch from the stands as former Premier League icons Paul Scholes and Thierry Henry made an unexpected return to the Premier League, but the 35-year-old says he has no desire to come out of retirement.
"It was time for me to retire, but it was a real pleasure [watching them]," he added.
"I have been with the players and I know them quite well. I know how much they wanted it.
"There was a lot of pressure on their shoulders. There were so many negative aspects around the team but the attitude was to win the game and win the title. I am really pleased and really proud of them."
Vieira has hailed the character shown by the City players in coming from a goal behind to clinch the title on Sunday, and he believes their steady success is the right way to go about prolonged domination of the English game.
"I still can't believe it - losing 2-1 with five minutes to go, it is unbelievable," he said.
"When you have just retired you try to put yourself on the field and try to see how you are going to think.
"If there are just five minutes to go, can you still believe or not? All credit to the players for keeping believing in it.
"It is always good when you win the title but when you have been waiting 44 years it is fantastic for the club.
"Winning the FA Cup last year, the league this year - it is important to improve every year. The club is going up the right way."