One on one: Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart says there is no secret to saving penalty kicks

By John McDougall

Manchester City and England number one goalkeeper Joe Hart has revealed he has no secrets when it comes to saving penalty kicks.

The 25-year-old was called upon on several occasions last season for both club and country to a make a save from 12 yards out, sometimes a problem for an English goalkeeper in major tournaments.

Hart underlines that the man in between the sticks can only do so much, especially when playing against the calibre of players in the Premier League.

Speaking on City’s website at the launch of the Blue’s new kits, Hart said: “It’s so hard to save a penalty, especially in our league.

“I just try and let people know that I know what they’re doing, and almost second-guess them.”

Some of Hart’s psychological tactics came to the fore last season when playing for both City and England last season.

 In a game against Swansea at the Liberty Stadium last March, Hart saved a penalty taken by Scott Sinclair after appearing to shout and gesture to the winger that his penalty would be saved, saying: “No way, no way!” and waving his finger at Sinclair.

Whilst playing for England at Euro 2012 in the quarter-final penalty shootout defeat to Italy, Hart was seen to be pulling faces at the Italy players as they stepped up to take their spot kicks.  

Hart – who made the most saves out of any goalkeeper during the group stages of Euro 2012 – insists there was no ill intent with these however.

Hart said: “People have said that I’m saying bad things, but I never swear or say anyone’s not very good or anything like that. I’m just talking.”

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