Manuel Pellegrini is still convinced that footballer Joe Hart would profit from his spell out of Man City team. Pellegrini, the Manchester City manager, dropped the goalkeeper of England this month following his prolonged inconsistent form in which he made some high profile mistakes.
Still, in spite of missing previous 2 English Premier League games, England manager Roy Hodgson still has faith in Joe Hart and Roy was also impressed with Joe in their friendly loss to Germany. After that, there were speculations that the twenty six year old might come back in Manchester City’s home match against Tottenham this week.
Last week, before Joe Hart played against Germany, Manuel Pellegrini told a leading sports news channel that at this point of time that maybe Joe Hart needs a rest but they still have a lot of trust in him and he would still a very important player in Man City squad. He added that he is quite sure that this would be a very important thing from him to perform like he did two years ago.
On the other hand, Pantilimon’s selection has finally offered the Romanian goalkeeper given a chance to shine. Before that Pantilimon had featured in just domestic cup matches since joining Manchester City in 2011’s summer. The Man City coach believed that it was fair that the twenty six year old was handed the scope. Manuel Pellegrini told that it was very important for him as a manager; he has 22 players, not 11.
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They say that players always have an advantage playing against domestic teammates on the international stage, and Samir Nasri appears to have used this advantage in sublime fashion in France’s recent meeting with England. The City midfielder completely bamboozled Joe Hart when he curled an effort into the near post from the edge of the area – and claimed that Hart will have been expecting him to do what he usually does and bend it towards the far post.
Nasri, who was clearly delighted on the conquest, said immediately after, “I decided to take a shot but Joe Hart knows me from Manchester City and knows that in that situation, I normally open my foot. This time I closed it a little bit so I am happy with how it worked out.”
Many pundits were shocked at the goal and considering Hart’s reputation in the game, most thought he should have dealt with the effort much better. However, following Nasri’s revelation, one can have at least some sympathy with Hart who otherwise had a highly impressive game for the Three Lions.
However, one thing that hasn’t gone down in the Nasri camp is the Frenchman’s goal celebration. Following a somewhat torrid time at City this term, Nasri proceeded to put his finger to his lips and gesture towards the press box after his goal. The player’s father, Abdelhamid, has said that this celebration was totally unnecessary, “I’ve explained to Samir that it wasn’t the best way to respond. I don’t give my backing to mood swings like that. He shouldn’t have made this gesture because people, including children, are watching and because the whole country was behind him.”
As well as his goal, Nasri was one of France’s best performers on Monday. It now remains to be seen if he can continue such form throughout Euro 2012, and also bring it back for City next term.