Vieira had hoped that the on-loan midfielder would be given permission to face his parent club at Wembley. However, the Blues have adhered to FA rules stating that loaned players are not permitted to play without written consent from the lending club.
“It’s not the best rule since Conor is the only one who will lose,” Vieira added. There’s a semi-final, which is an exciting game about how you’ll manage yourself and prepare to play that game, and then there’s playing that game and the significance of it.
“It’s an opportunity the player is missing out on, and I’m sorry for his loss. He’s played every game so far, and if anyone deserves to be in the semi-final based on their performances, it’s him. I’m unhappy he won’t be able to participate.
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“It was Chelsea’s decision to send him out on loan for him to play these types of games. We have a chance to play a significant game as a team. The game against Chelsea would have given him greater confidence and belief.”
“We could lose, but he needs to be on the field in order to continue to improve himself. He’s been excellent since he’s been with us. The fact that he didn’t get a chance to play in that game is upsetting for his development. I feel bad for him because he wanted to be a part of that game.”
Learn from Leicester
Palace faces Leicester today in the first leg of the semi-final. Vieira wants his team to learn from the Foxes about moving up to become European regulars and medal contenders.
“Leicester’s model is a fantastic one to follow because they’ve been incredibly constant in what they’ve attempted to establish. They have this type of stability that allows them to grow as a team and a football club,” he continued.
“Winning this game isn’t about sending a message; as a club and a team, we want to finish as high as possible.
“And now is also a wonderful time to assess how motivated we are as individuals to finish in the top half of the table.” That comes from me, the manager, and the staff, but the players must also have this kind of passion and resolve to finish in the top half of the standings.”
Vieira is also looking forward to seeing Leicester’s first-team coach, Kolo Toure, a fellow Arsenal Invincible. “I adore Kolo, we had a great time at Arsenal, we have a great friendship, we still chat, and I’m delighted he chose to go into coaching,” he stated.
“I know he’s having a great time at Leicester; he’s learning a lot from Brendan Rodgers, and I’m hoping he’ll progress to management.”