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'It felt really, really weird': Monaco boss Thierry Henry admits facing former team-mate and Nice manager Patrick Vieira was strange

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 17/1/2019 Daniel Matthews For Mailonline

Monaco coach Thierry Henry admitted it was 'really, really weird' to see Nice boss Patrick Vieira in the opposite dugout as the former Arsenal and France team-mates faced off as managers for the first time.

The pair were part of Arsene Wenger's all-conquering 'Invincibles' side that went unbeaten during the 2003/04 season. They also played alongside each other for France as Les Bleus won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

But on Wednesday night they were in opposite corners as Monaco and Nice drew 1-1 in Ligue 1 at Stade Louis II.

a person standing next to a building: Thierry Henry (left) and Patrick Vieira (right) squared off as managerial rivals on Wednesday © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thierry Henry (left) and Patrick Vieira (right) squared off as managerial rivals on Wednesday a man wearing a uniform: Monaco manager Henry admitted it was 'really, really weird' to face Nice boss Vieira  © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Monaco manager Henry admitted it was 'really, really weird' to face Nice boss Vieira 

And when asked how it felt to come up against Vieira, Henry said: 'Weird, really weird. When I saw him coming out of the locker room, it felt weird.

'We walked the steps together, we used to climb them together when we played. It was really good, a wink. But then there's the game and you do what you have to do.

'He did what he had to do, but it felt weird. We talked, we said a few things to each other.'

Allan Saint-Maximin gave Nice the lead before they were reduced to ten men as Ihsan Sacko was sent off for nasty tackle and Benoit Badiashile later secured the home side a point.  

Allan Saint-Maximin broke the deadlock for the visitors after a poor defensive error © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Allan Saint-Maximin broke the deadlock for the visitors after a poor defensive error a group of football players on a field: Monaco's equaliser just crept over the line and was given after the referee checked VAR © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Monaco's equaliser just crept over the line and was given after the referee checked VAR

On the sidelines, the two managers shared a long embrace before kick-off. Vieira was asked about their chat and revealed: 'We both just wished each other luck, that's all.'

He added: 'Monaco could have won at the end. In the first half, they had two chances where we put ourselves in danger by losing the ball. But Thierry can also be happy with the draw.

'There is still pride in having held on with 10 against 11. The players showed lots of desire, they didn't want to lose, they doubled their efforts.'

a group of people standing in a field: 'We walked the steps together, we used to climb them together when we played,' Henry said © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'We walked the steps together, we used to climb them together when we played,' Henry said

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