Manchester City manager angered by Joe Hart comments
A pulsating final twenty minutes at the Bernabeu saw Real Madrid twice come from behind to beat Manchester City 3-2 on Tuesday night, with the visitors having got their noses in front thanks to goals from Dzeko and Kolarov.
September 19th, 2012
The City players were clearly disappointed at the final whistle, including goalkeeper Joe Hart who couldn’t believe that the English champions hadn’t managed at least a point, with Benzema and Ronaldo scoring late goals to secure the win.
Hart said: “It’s not on. You can’t go 2-1 up and lose the game. We can only blame ourselves. They are a very good team and so are we. We dug deep, got a lead twice and threw it away. It’s hard to come off the field after losing 3-2 and be positive.”
However, Roberto Mancini was far from impressed by Hart’s comments at the final whistle, especially as the England keeper might have stopped Ronaldo’s goal-bound shot to keep the scoreline at 2-2.
Mancini retorted: “Joe Hart should stay in goal and make saves. If anyone should criticise the team it should be me, not Joe Hart. I am the judge, not Joe Hart.”
It appeared that Vincent Kompany ducked under Ronaldo’s shot for the Real Madrid winner and Mancini was at a loss to explain this.
Mancini said: “I don’t know why – I saw the goal, but I haven’t asked him why this happened. Usually he doesn’t do this, but the mistake is that he did. We are disappointed for this. You can meet Madrid and lose. We didn’t play well in the first half, but by the second half we played well.
“We should have paid more attention. We should learn more courage sometimes. We have international players, we can improve and we should be disappointed that we have lost this point. When you play here, it is not easy. We can leave all the space for Real, but we did what we wanted and scored two goals. The only mistake we made was going too deep with the team.”