Joe Hart refuses to handover Premier League title to Man Utd
Joe Hart claims Manchester City have struggled to meet their standards from last season, but that doesn’t mean they have lost the Premier League title to archrivals Manchester United. With only nine games left in the season, Manchester City are 15 points behind Manchester United in the title race.
In an interview before participating in England’s battle with San Marino and Montenegro on Friday, Joe Hart confessed he had struggled to replicate his “brilliant” form from last season.
“My season has not been brilliant,” Joe Hart said. “It's had its good times but it's football. It's what I love doing. I've enjoyed it, it's been tough, things haven't always gone my way. I'm enjoying the fight and getting back in there.
“Sometimes you take knocks, that's football, you take opinions, but you've got to be strong. I feel strong, good, that I'm doing the right things and hopefully I can have a good end to the season.
“I understand you have your great nights and sometimes things don't go the way you want. That's the way it is. I'm my strongest critic but I would never bury myself. It's pretty obvious when you make a mistake as a keeper, you don't need to dwell on it too long. It's out there.”
Joe Hart knows England are hot-favorites to defeat San Marino and Montenegro on Friday. The first-choice of goalkeeper for England and Manchester City believes the odds of San Marino and Montenegro scoring a goal against the Three Lions are very low.
“I just checked up on them to see if San Marino have scored a goal recently but they haven't,” Joe Hart continued. “Someone is going to concede against them and hopefully, if I'm playing, it won't be me. But the main focus is to win. If they score, hopefully we score more and it's more important, the position in the group, rather than looking silly.”
Joe Hart admits it will be a different experience to play in front of a crowd of 7,000 strong after beating Brazil in an electrified Wembley Stadium last month.
“That's the beauty of international football. We can go to stadiums of 85,000 mad passionate football fans and then you've still got to go and do the hard yards,” Joe Hart added. “You are almost on your own, it's us against them, and it will be another one to tick off. And hopefully we can get another three points in the grand scheme of things to get into the World Cup.
“Everyone is trying to get into the World Cup. It's a great tournament to be in and nations are getting stronger all around the world. We feel we are good enough to do it but we've got to do it on the field and not in press conferences like this.”