We'll come back stronger - Hart
- 06 April 2013 08:32
- Posted by @dclayton_MCFC
The main focus of today’s Press is a lengthy interview Joe Hart has given to the nation’s media ahead of Monday's Manchester derby.
Hart, never one to mince his words, is in most papers and his words have filtered on to numerous websites, too, with journalists eager to get a hook to hang their story on.
With Joe, there are more hooks than a Peter Pan convention, with his thoughts on why City trail United by so many points and how he and his team-mates will learn from this season the main topic of most features
"We have not fallen away. People will say it's a massive backwards step not winning it," he is quoted by The Guardian’s Jamie Jackson. "But it's not that. We are still the side to beat, still competing with every game, still kept our respect and dignity, and we will come again. We are not a flash in the pan."
On the seemingly unsuccessful title defence, Hart continues: "Hopefully it won't happen but to be honest it looks like it will. It's something to deal with, but we will just have to keep blasting until the end of the season, keep trying to win and get as many points as we can to cement second and hopefully that will take us into next year."
But Joe is far from finished, giving a typically forthright opinion on United to Ian Ogden in The Daily Telegraph:
"I'm not really interested in giving them credit; it's about what we do. If they win the league, you have to take your hat off to them.
We know how good we are and for someone to beat us it is a big thing, but I'm not interested if they get praised or criticised
"We have not fallen away. People will say it's a massive backwards step not winning it (title), but it's not that.”
Lastly, Sportsvibe believe the Blues may launch a bid to bring a fourth Argentinian to the Etihad during the summer in the shape of Roma’s Erik Lamela.
They write: “Roma have put a €30m asking price out for attacker and prominent Manchester City target Erik Lamela, it has emerged today.
‘El Coco’ is not only a target for the Premier League champions as he is also attracting interest from Manchester United and Barcelona as well as, most recently, Real Madrid.
Il Messaggero report that City have already sent Patrick Vieira to watch the Argentinean ace and his agent Pablo Sabbag is set to meet with club director Walter Sabbatini next week to discuss the former River Plate man’s future.”