Hart should look in the mirror before slamming Man City teammates.
Joe Hart has slammed his Manchester City teammates after the Champions surrendered their Premier League title in disappointing fashion, with a 3-1 defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The defeat paved the way for Manchester United to reclaim the the top-flight crown with Monday’s 3-0 victory over Aston Villa at Old Trafford.
The England number one accused his outfield counterparts of failing to kill off Tottenham, after Samir Nasri had handed the visitors a lead inside six minutes.
“We took the lead and didn’t kick on from there. Second half we just kind of existed and paid the price,” the goalkeeper told City TV.
“I just thought we took our foot off the gas and you can’t do that.”
There is an element of truth in Hart’s words. After taking the lead, City controlled the first half but – another good chance for Nasri aside – never seriously looked like adding to their tally.
But no-one was more guilty of coasting that City’s custodian. As soon as his team had taken the lead, Hart infuriated the White Hart Lane crowd by taking his time whenever he had the ball, leading to loud boos from the home support and a booking for Hart early in the second half with the score still at 0-1.
While the 26-year-old can hardly be blamed for the Champions’ seven-minute capitulation or their failure to failure to add a second goal, his time wasting tactics epitomised the team’s lack of ambition and complacency, and from a more tactical perspective, allowed Spurs plenty of time to regroup after launching attacks.