Updated: Thursday, 27th February 2020 @ 4:36pm

One game to go, and 12 points behind? Even then Manchester City will 'still believe', says Joe Hart

One game to go, and 12 points behind? Even then Manchester City will 'still believe', says Joe Hart

By John Paul Shammas

Joe Hart has remained defiant as the champions trail Manchester United by a seemingly insurmountable 12-point deficit.

With a win against Chelsea last Sunday at the Etihad, Manchester City closed the short-lived 15-point lead that the Red Devils opened up with their 2-0 away win at Loftus Road.

And now, the City keeper – who has come under fire for some of his performances this season – believes anything is possible.

“Even if there is one game to go and we are 12 points behind, we'll still believe. We've got to,” Hart told the club website. “We've got to keep fighting and you just never know.”

Whilst Augero, Dzeko and Tevez may grab the headlines with match-winning goals, Joe Hart took a chance to pay tribute to the unsung heroes who may not win over the plaudits as often.

"We are so blessed with quality defenders,” he said. “People forget Maicon and Micah are out injured as well as Vincent Kompany

“But Matija Nastasic has been a sensation. For his age, he is like a rock.”

As City trail their local rivals United by 12 points, they can still boast the best defensive record in the Premier league so far this season, so it’s little surprise the England number one chose to sing the praises of Manchester City’s back line, including Kolo Toure.

“Kolo is Kolo. You know what you are going to get with him because he gives everything he’s got. There's also Joleon Lescott waiting to come in and that’s not even mentioning Zaba, Clichy or Kolarov so I think we are really blessed when it comes to defenders."

The big-money summer signing for Manchester City this year was Jack Rodwell, who has had his appearances this season limited due to injuries.  Hart was encouraged however by his performance last Sunday in the 2-0 win over Chelsea.

"It is nice to see Jack back and fit again,” said Hart. “I am really happy for him. He's a really good lad. It's been hard for him, he's been injured a lot but when you get him fit you get good performances.

“Hopefully he'll get a little run of games together and we will see what he is about.”

Picture courtesy of Stuart Grout, with thanks.

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