Hart issues warning
- Tue 05 Feb 2013, 8:40AM
- Posted by @mccarthy_mcfc
Joe Hart has warned there is no more room for error if City are to retain the Premier League title this year.
According to the Express, the City stopper has stressed that a win at Southampton is essential if the Blues are to stand any chance of securing the silverware this season.
“Successive draws against QPR and Liverpool have left City nine points behind leaders Manchester United and, according to goalkeeper Hart’s assessment, with no margin for error if they are to keep the championship at the Etihad Stadium,” writes Richard Tanner.
“Even if City win all their remaining games to total 92 points – three more than last season – they will still be relying on United to lose three games, or lose one and draw three.
“Hart admits United, who are on course to set a new Premier League points tally, will be feeling confident but insists there is no need for Mancini to call a special ‘crisis’ squad meeting to spell out the task ahead, as he did after the defeat at Arsenal towards the end of last season.”
Elsewhere this morning the same source suggests that the Blues may join the race for Real Madrid’s coveted youngster Raphael Varane.
“The Frenchman has been given a more regular run out at the Bernebeu by Jose Mourinho this season, and he has been getting a number of alluring glances from Europe’s top clubs,” reports Charles Perrin.
“And his performance in last week’s Copa del Rey first-leg semi-final meeting against Barcelona, in which he headed home the equaliser, made many clubs sit up and take notice.”
Of course, we here at mcfc.co.uk will be first to bring you any confirmed transfer news in the coming months.