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Despite being on the right end of the result, Manchester City's Joe Hart was upset that he conceded against Everton in Saturday’s 3-1 victory.
That is not really a surprise. Show me a goalkeeper who doesn’t care when he is beaten and I will show you a man who doesn’t deserve his job. But Hart is not having the best time of it at the moment, even if in truth Joleon Lescott was far more culpable for Romelu Lukaku’s opener – admitting as much after the game.
But speaking to the Telegraph, Pablo Zabaleta has revealed that Hart still blames himself.
“I think he’s still upset about it,” the defender said. “He felt he could have got a stronger hand to it.”
Hart will rediscover his form in time. The fact that he reflected on the one goal conceded rather than the three scored proves that.
Despite the win, there was a fresh injury blow for captain Vincent Kompany who was forced to leave the field in the first half. It has since been revealed that the Belgian will miss up to four weeks with a groin injury.
While Manuel Pellegrini enjoyed a winning weekend, the same could not be said for former Blues manager Roberto Mancini, whose first league game in charge of Galatasaray ended in defeat.
The Turkish champions lost 2-1 to the season’s surprise package Akhisar Belediye, leaving the Italian without a win from his first two matches in charge, following a 2-2 draw with Juventus in the Champions League last week.
And finally, City’s Abdisalam Ibrahim will be the subject of plenty of attention this January if Sky Sports is to be believed.
The midfielder is currently on loan at Norwegian side Stromsgodset, but reports claim that with numerous scouts regularly watching him, the likes of Newcastle United, Sevilla and Mancini’s own Galatasaray could be readying bids.
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