Joe Hart: Assessing His Performance for Manchester City This Season

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Joe Hart: Assessing His Performance for Manchester City This Season
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Manchester City emerged victorious in their FA Cup semi-final match against Chelsea on Sunday.

Courtesy of goals from Samir Nasri and Sergio Aguero, the Citizens booked themselves a spot in the cup final for the second time in three years.

However, conspicuous by his absence in the starting XI was Joe Hart, the club and England’s No. 1 goalkeeper. Given the magnitude of the game, it was natural to expect manager Roberto Mancini to play his very best in between the sticks.

But the Italian instead kept faith with Costel Pantilimon, the club’s No. 2, who had guarded the nets in all of City’s FA cup matches.

Not that it means anything to Joe Hart or his position at the club, as he has been an ever present in all their Premier League and Champions League matches.

However, City look certain to come up short in their quest for the Premier League as neighbours and league leaders Manchester United romp their way home on the cushion of a massive 15-point lead.

One of the key factors in City’s maiden Premier League title triumph from last season was Joe Hart. He had an incredible season in between the sticks and was arguably the best in Europe at a point in time.

Now, however, with his team falling short, it makes sense to analyse whether the Shrewsbury-born goalie had as much a part to play in City’s failures as his other teammates.

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