Custodian Hart says Man City's 'big boys' can handle CL pressure well
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has dismissed suggestions that they are not performing well in the Champions League because they can't take pressure well, saying his teammates have won big enough matches to take any kind of pressure.
If it wasn't for the performance of England goalkeeper Hart during Wednesday's 1-1 draw with German champions Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium, City would almost certainly be facing group stage elimination on the back of two opening defeats in Group D.
After failing to make an impression after last month's 3-2 defeat against Real Madrid with a win against Dortmund, Mancini had claimed that his team had a problem that he would resolve very quickly but declined to reveal the issue.
City's defense has been in tatters so far in this season whether it is in the European championship or domestic Premier League, but Hart insists that the squad are not fazed by the competition.
"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," the Telegraph quoted Hart, as saying.
"But we are in with the big boys now and there is no place to hide. We weren't great against Dortmund. We were a bit open, but we did create chances," he added.
"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 said.