Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira is hoping to “sign a couple of players before the end of the market” as the London club aim to continue the rebuild of their squad.

Vieira took over at Palace after the departure of Roy Hodgson, inheriting a depleted squad after numerous first team players left the club earlier this summer.

The Frenchman watched his side beaten easily by Chelsea on Saturday in his first Premier League match in charge.


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Speaking after the game, Vieira told BBC Sport: “It was a tough day. It’s not easy to accept conceding three goals. But that was a hard one. We are talking about one of the best teams in Europe. All credit to them, they played really well.

“I’m frustrated because I thought we could do a bit more without the ball. We have to accept to defend because the other team were better. We got too frustrated.

“The game showed there is a still a lot of work to be done. We knew it would be challenging today. Chelsea may have 20 international players. We showed the difference between the teams.

“It’s about patience, playing from the back but trying to make right decision – knowing if you’re under pressure or not.

“We have to keep working, believe in ourselves. We know what we need to improve. The game didn’t change the thoughts I had before. We still have to work and improve the squad.”

Vieira has most notably signed Marc Guehi from Chelsea, Joachim Andersen from Lyon and Michael Olise from Reading since joining the club.

However, the former Arsenal captain is hoping to bring in some fresh faces before the transfer window shuts.

“The window is still open and I’m looking forward to bringing some new players. I believe we’re still short on numbers. We need bodies because we are short. The game showed that.

“We always want to improve the squad. Hopefully we can sign a couple of players before the end of the market.”

Olise was ruled out of the loss at Stamford Bridge due to injury, whereas Marc Guehi started in central defence alongside Cheik Kouyate.

Anderson started on the bench but came on to his Palace debut before the hour mark.





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