Vieira was speaking to the club’s official website following last night’s 1-1 home draw with Eastern Conference counterparts New England Revolution, which leaves his side with five points from their first four games of the season.
After winning 4-3 at the Chicago Fire in their season-opener, NYCFC have shown some positive things over the following matches but struggled to find a balance between attack and defence and netted just three goals as a result.
Vieira, who previously enjoyed a two-and-a-half-year stint as Manchester City’s Elite Development Squad manager before replacing Jason Kreis as NYCFC boss last December, has been experimenting with an unconventional 3-2-2-3 formation during their home games because of the narrow pitch at Yankee Stadium, but the setup has left the team looking far too vulnerable at the back and not decisive enough going forward.
Nevertheless, with Lampard still to enter the picture, the Frenchman is hoping that the former Chelsea midfielder’s impending return will give the team a much-needed boost.
The 37-year-old has not played yet this season due to a nagging calf injury – which also caused him to miss several games last term following his summer arrival – but he resumed light training this week and could be in contention to feature in NYCFC’s next game against Chicago on 11 April.
Frank is getting better and better,” Vieira told NYCFC.com. “He’s working hard every single day. He just have to analyse his situation day after day.
“But now we have a good break. We will have the international players back and a few of the injured players will be back, so I will have some selection decisions to make.”
Lampard’s injury has given 25-year-old playmaker Tommy McNamara the chance to start so far this season and the fan favourite midfielder further cemented his spot in the line-up with a strong showing against the Revs, opening the scoring in the 10th-minute with his second goal of the campaign.
Revs full-back Chris Tierney eventually equalised from a heavily deflected free-kick seven minutes before the break, however, and Vieira was left frustrated that his side were not able to build on their positive start.
“I’m disappointed, really disappointed because we didn’t play our normal game,” the Arsenal legend added to NYCFC.com. “We didn’t play the way we know.
“I think today our passing wasn’t good, our movement wasn’t good and I’m a little bit disappointed. When you play three games at home and get just two points, it’s not good enough.”