Joe Hart confident of City’s European chances

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has stated that although his side have started slowly in this season’s Champions League, they still have the quality to qualify for the knockout rounds.

The Premier League champions were beaten 3-2 by Real Madrid in their opening fixture, before a last-minute Mario Balotelli salvaged a home 1-1 draw against Borussia Dortmund in the second game.

Hart, who made some stellar saves to keep his side in contention against Dortmund, does not feel that the pressure is getting to Roberto Mancini’s men.

“Look at my team-mates. You couldn’t have a table big enough to fit all their medals on, so I’m pretty sure it won’t affect them. But we are in with the big boys now and there is no place to hide,” The Telegraph quote Hart as saying.

“We weren’t great against Dortmund. We were a bit open, but we did create chances.

“They are a very good side, though, and how they can be a pot four side in the Champions League just shows what a strong group it is,” he concluded.

City play back-to-back fixtures against Ajax in their next Champions League fixtures.

By Gareth McKnight