Christian Benteke exclusive: ‘If you did it once, you can do it again’ – Will Crystal Palace striker thrive under Patrick Vieira?

Christian Benteke signed his new two-year contract at Crystal Palace on June 3 before knowing who their new manager would be.

Why? For the first time in four seasons, the Belgian is riding a wave of form and feeling. It says a lot about Benteke’s character that no matter who the incoming manager would be, he wanted to stick around and fight for his spot.

It could have been Lucien Favre, or Paulo Fonseca, or Nuno Espirito Santo replacing Roy Hodgson. Eventually, Patrick Vieira was appointed one month later.


“We had a good chat, and he was happy to see me back,” Benteke tells Sky Sports. “He also explained to me his ID, how he wants us to play as a team, and it’s quite exciting, because as a forward, when your manager wants to be front foot, and to create chances, that’s what you want to hear.

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Crystal Palace's Christian Benteke was back in goalscoring form towards the end of last season

“But it was important for me to get the deal done before the Euros, so I can really focus after the Euros about what happens next, so there is no doubt I am 100 per cent committed to Crystal Palace.”

Having finished last season with eight goals in 14 games, Benteke hit double figures of Premier League goals for the first time since 2017.

It was refreshing to see the returning essence of the player whose 49 goals in three seasons at Aston Villa earned him a £32.5m move to Liverpool. We've only seen spurts of it since.


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Title: Christian Benteke exclusive: 'If you did it once, you can do it again' - Will Crystal Palace striker thrive under Patrick Vieira?
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Published Date: Fri, 06 Aug 2021 07:00:00 BST

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