Hart to keep starting spot

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has revealed Joe Hart will keep his place in the side for the Boxing Day clash with Liverpool.

Last Updated: 26/12/13 at 17:03 Post Comment

Joe Hart: Set to keep his place for Boxing Day clash with Liverpool

Joe Hart: Set to keep his place for Boxing Day clash with Liverpool

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Hart made his first Premier League appearance in almost two months in Saturday's win over Fulham after getting the nod ahead of Costel Pantilimon.

Despite conceding two goals on his return between the posts, Pellegrini will keep faith with Hart for the visit of Liverpool next week.

"At the moment Joe is going to play against Liverpool. He did well and he deserves to play the next match," said the City boss.

"In every match, we could play with 11 different starters, but at the moment Joe will continue to play.

"When I put Pantilimon in the starting XI I spoke with Joe and he understood he was not in a good moment.

"It was a tough decision to bring him back because we were winning and Pantilimon was doing well. But I have a good squad and I must choose between good players every week. When I told Pantilimon, he understood.

"Pantilimon was also doing well but I thought this game would be better for Joe.

"We have a squad and I have to make the decision every week who will play, not only Joe Hart."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

till reckon Chelsea will go for Khedira as back up for Matic. I think it will turn out to be quite a Mourihno-y window: We'll see the squad players and youth in action pre-season, say things like well, we need not buy anybody and then the club will bid £60m for Pogba and send everybody on loan.

tk421
F365's Transfer Guide - Part One

I

would love to be a fly on the wall at the meeting between Milner and Rodgers. I don't know if flies can count, but if they can then I would be counting the number of times Rodgers used the word outstanding in his attempts to get Milner to sign.

godzilla
Reds and Arsenal chase Milner

W

ell, it wouldn't be a summer without Arsenal fans fretting over losing a key player, and United throwing their weight around and muscling in on transfer deals which are (apparently) near to completion. If we can't be entertained by the football on the pitch, let's enjoy the silly off-pitch soap opera of the transfer season. Hurrah!

CamberleyGooner
The Back To It Gossip

Footer 365

Sepp Blatter announces he will resign as FIFA president

Sepp Blatter has announced he is to resign as president of FIFA and an election will be held to decide his successor.

Greg Dyke welcomes Sepp Blatter's decision to resign as FIFA president

FA chairman Greg Dyke has called Sepp Blatter's announcement he is to resign as FIFA president "a brilliant day for football".

FIFA reformer Damian Collins wants Sepp Blatter to go immediately

FIFA reform campaigner Damian Collins believes Sepp Blatter should go sooner rather than later.

Mail Box

Liverpool 2015 Feels Like Liverpool 2011...

One Mailer says Benteke = Carroll, Bellamy = Milner and Clyne = Downing. Plus we have U21 Euro impatience, farewell Rio, Rafa Benitez, Milner, FIFA and title play-offs...

Calling Carlo For Liverpool... Please

One Liverpool Mailer wants a manager who isn't starstruck by the job. Plus why Milner has now become overrated, play-offs for the title, Ronaldinho and democracy..

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company