English Premiership

Hart wants to play every game

2014-09-30 12:20
Joe Hart (AFP)

Cape Town - England and Manchester City number one Joe Hart has admitted he does not see eye to eye with coach Manuel Pellegrini's over the rotation policy.

The Guardian report that coach and goalkeeper at Manchester City differed in their view on rotation.

“It’s hard for me to see it that way,” said Hart, who had played in 123 consecutive league matches before Pellegrini dropped the player last year. 

“I’m sure that when I retire from football in many years to come I’ll see them but right now I’m not going to see positives.”

Pellegrini opted to play former Malaga goalkeeper Wily Cabellero against Hull City last weekend. A decision which Hart disagrees with.

The coach however made light of the difficulty in leaving Hart out of the first eleven.

“It was a very easy decision because we have to play around 60 games in the whole year and Joe has played eight games in 32 days, which is a lot of games for a goalkeeper or any player.

"For Willy it was good to play two games in a row. There is no problem. Joe is a very good professional and every player wants to play.

"Any player who doesn’t want to play is no good for Manchester City but he understands without a problem.” said Pellegrini.

There might be some method in Pellegrini's perceived madness, after Hart admitted competition brings out the best in him.

“We have always had good goalkeepers – David James, [Andreas] Isaksson, Kasper [Schmeichel], [Costel] Pantilimon."

It has always been a fight for me to keep my place and that will continue but I have always had high standards that I will keep to, whether there is one goalkeeper or 20. I love the challenge,” said Hart.

Hart will return to the side for the Champions League fixture against Roma. Read that story HERE.


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