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Nasri backs Hart

  • 04 October 2013 08:05
  • Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc

One topic of discussion dominates this morning’s papers following Wednesday’s Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich.

As expected, Joe Hart has come under the spotlight after the 3-1 loss - but teammate Samir Nasri has leaped to the City stopper’s defence.

“Samir Nasri has sprung to the defence of under-fire Joe Hart, saying he is England’s first truly world-class goalkeeper for a long time,” writes Stuart Brennan of the Manchester Evening News.

“And because he is one of the top five on the planet, the French ace is backing Hart to come back strongly from the errors which helped Bayern Munich to a 3-1 mauling of City on Wednesday night.


“Now Hart needs to bounce back in City’s lunchtime clash with Everton at the Etihad Stadium tomorrow before heading off for England’s crucial World Cup qualifying matches next week.

“But Nasri is backing the keeper to come back hard.”

Meanwhile, England manager Roy Hodgson has echoed the Frenchman’s sentiments: “Joe Hart will start England’s pivotal World Cup qualifiers with Montenegro and Poland after coach Roy Hodgson confirmed that Hart remains his No1 goalkeeper despite the errors which have undermined his form for club and country,” reports the Express.

“Hodgson was quick to throw his full support behind Hart and insisted it was not the right moment to blood rookies such as Celtic’s Fraser Forster or Norwich keeper John Ruddy in back-to-back fixtures which will determine whether the country reaches Brazil 2014.”

Finally for now, website touchlinetalk.com has identified three key battles ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash with Everton.

They’ve picked out the midfield contest between Ross Barkley and Yaya Toure as well as Pablo Zabaleta vs Leighton Baines and Sergio Aguero vs Phil Jagielka.

The article, which is worth a read, can be found here: http://www.touchlinetalk.com/three-key-battles-manchester-city-vs-everton/68445/4/


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