Tottenham goalkeeper Joe Hart maintains that Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola would not harbor a grudge against him. He struggled to win over the Catalan’s first team after the difficult first season he spent under Pep.
The former England international spent 12 years with City, winning the Premier League twice, with the FA Cup, and twice the League Cup under previous Man City managers; Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini. But as he says, the new City Manager needed his own goalkeeper when Guardiola came from Bayern Munich – and Hart just didn’t suit.
Hart was unlucky to win any trophy under Pep’s regime as the number one goalkeeper, and City ended their 2016/2017 Premier League campaign in the top 4, 3rd precisely. At the moment, it was argued that Guardiola did not rate Hart’s ground game, which is something he admits.
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However, despite sticking up for his boss, Hart claims that he still wanted to learn as much of Guardiola’s coaching as he could during their time together.
Joe Hart, quoted by the Guardian via Sport-Express “Of course, when we talked, I held back as much as I could. I listened to everything he wanted to say,”
“It’s not just that I’m not as good at kicking as he wants from the goalkeeper. I realized that he wanted to leave his mark on City. There was a direction he wanted to go, and he’s doing pretty well, isn’t he?”
He added: “This is Pep’s genius. He makes decisions and defends them firmly. I have no dislike for him. We get along great. And we both love football.”