Joe Hart was the star of the show for Manchester City during their penalty shootout win over Roma in a friendly played this week.
But the 28-year-old was in his element during the spot-kick showdown, not only saving Seydou Doumbia’s Panenka-style attempt but blasting his own effect perfectly into the top corner.
And speaking to Manchester City TV after the game, Hart offered up some candid comment on the subject of penalties:
“I told the manager last year when we lost two penalty shootouts and some of them were rubbish… I made sure that he knew that I put myself forward and he backed me.”
Hart also insisted that his top corner effort was “placed” rather than wellied.
He also had strong words for anyone thinking they can pull off a Panenka against him:
“I’m fed up of all this players thinking they can be clever and just place it or roll it down the middle – that’s how you take a penalty.”
Saving Doumbia’s effort would have been extra special given that the Ivory Coast star scored past him for CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
But regardless of personal scores, it proved to be a good night for Hart and the Blues, with Raheem Sterling scoring just three minutes into his debut.
Hart was one of the few bright spots for City in an otherwise disappointing Premier League title defence last term.
He, and City, will be aiming to improve next year.
Check out the full interview here: