Joe Hart's Top Ten: Williams explains his choices
- Thu 04 Oct 2012, 7:45PM
- Posted by Mark Booth
After his incredible performance in the 1-1 draw with Dortmund, City TV (with a little help from Alex Williams MBE) have lovingly compiled Joe Hart's top 10 saves for the Blues.
Roberto Mancini described his goalkeeper’s performance as “incredible” as he repelled the German opposition time and again to keep City in touch in their Champions League group.
In truth, a showreel of Joe’s eight stops last night would probably sustain a career in the game for other keepers alone but City TV have trawled through his every appearance for City to discover his very best 10.
“We should thank Joe this evening after this incredible performance because he saved everything,” Mancini said of Hart’s performance against Dortmund.
“I’ve never seen Joe play better for City and it’s one of the best displays I’ve seen for many years."
Dating back to his first campaign, the 2007/08 season where he was rotated with Kasper Schmeichel and Andreas Isaksson, to the present day, this is the definitive list ratified by former City keeper Alex Williams.
Williams, who made 178 appearances in goal for City, was lost for superlatives after Joe’s superhuman display,
“For the first time this season I think we saw the real Joe Hart, he had a busy summer and came in a little bit late and it’s taken him time to get back to his best, but he undoubtedly has now which he proved last night,” said Alex.
“He’s in the top five goalkeepers in the world and it’s great for us to have taken him on as a youngster and help him to develop - I think this is a great coup for the club and he’ll continue to get better and better.”
Williams also revealed the criteria he was looking for as he helped City TV to put together their top ten Hart saves.
“Some people will see flashy saves as the best saves but sometimes they can be the easiest ones,” he said.
“I looked at the difficulty of the saves irrespective of how they looked on TV and the one that ended up winning is totally outstanding, requiring athleticism, quickness of feet, as well as good technical points but you could have picked any of the ten as a winner.”