Rumours are circling that Roberto Mancini may drop Joe Hart for the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea, which would be a ludicrous decision.
Joe Hart has not been having his best ever season in a Manchester City jersey but he remains the best English goalkeeper and one of the best shot stoppers in Europe at the moment.
Rumours doing the rounds within the national press are suggesting that Hart could be left out of the team for the FA Cup match against Chelsea at Wembley which could be a decision that backfires in a big way.
The motive behind that possible decision seems a little unclear, but it’s bound to cause a lot of unnecessary friction and personal tension between Hart and his boss, which is counter productive as Hart holds one of the most important positions in the team.
It also wouldn’t make much sense from a tactical point of view because not only is Hart the best goalkeeper City have in terms of saves and position, he’s also the best in terms of distribution.
This is significant considering City are a possession based team, that like to control the ball and the tempo of matches, playing sides off the park by routinely pressing them with pressure.
That all starts from the goalkeeper and is something Hart has got used to, because he’s been in the side ever since Mancini came in as manager and ever since City found themselves fortunate enough to have some very wealthy owners.
It also doesn’t make much sense because of what’s gone on earlier this season, and the way Hart and Mancini have remained hand in hand throughout a couple of spells where the manager could well have dropped him.
Hart has made a few too many errors than is normal for someone of his quality, which is something that Mancini has criticised. However, he has kept Hart in the side which makes it confusing as to why they would drop him now.
Hart has never been afraid to wear his emotions out in public such as when he came out and criticised himself, and the team, following City’s performance away at Real Madrid in the Champions League group stage.
There have been so many chances and instances where Mancini could have axed him from the team, so for him to do it now just seems plainly bizarre and a decision he could well end up being attacked for.
It’s fair enough that Hart has not been used routinely in domestic cup competitions, with Costel Pantilimon taking his place but it’s the magnitude of this match and the fact it’s against Chelsea, which are two of the basic reasons why Hart has to play.
He will not like being left out of such a big match and considering it’s City’s only real chance to get silverware this season, what’s the point in playing a goalkeeper who isn’t half as good?
City fans, what do you make of this?
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