Man City 3 QPR 2: Joe Hart ‘proud’ of Premier League success
Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart describes his immense pride at being part of the club's first title-winning side since 1968
Joe Hart described winning the Premier League title with Manchester City as a “proud” moment after Sergio Aguero’s dramatic winner ended their 44-year wait for England’s top prize.
Djibril Cisse and Jamie Mackie put 10-man Queens Park Rangers ahead at the Etihad after Pablo Zabaleta’s first-half opener to leave Manchester United in first place.
But a dramatic comeback in stoppage time saw Edin Dzeko level for Roberto Mancini’s side, before Aguero capped a remarkable game and season with his 23rd league goal to secure the title for City.
“It was a crazy day. I’m proud to play for Manchester City and to play with these boys. This means the world for these fans. We need to do it again. Let’s do it again,” Hart told BBC.
Zabaleta, who scored his first goal in 378 days to put City ahead, admitted QPR’s two quick-fire strikes left the Argentina defender stunned – but after their title success is already eyeing the Champions League crown next season.
“When we were losing 2-1 I thought we were going to lose. But right now I’m dreaming and I don’t want to wake up. Everyone deserves this and I’m so proud of these players. When you believe in yourself you win,” Zabaleta added.
“When we scored the second goal I thought we were going to win the game. At 2-1 I thought the game was gone. When you fight to the end sometimes you can get it, and I’m really proud to be honest for this group; players, staff and fans.
“You have to try to the end. We won the game in the last five minutes. It’s crazy but I think we deserved it. We have fantastic players, and for this club it is a great step forward. Europe’s next.”
England midfielder Gareth Barry picked up his second piece of silverware since moving to City from Aston Villa in 2009, and the 31-year-old was delighted for both the Eastlands outfit and QPR that the perfect outcome was reached.
“I was fearing the worst with five minutes to go. It was a massive mountain to climb. It all fell perfectly, with QPR knowing they were safe and all of a sudden we were on a high!” Barry said.
Meanwhile, City’s controversial striker Mario Balotelli insisted his future lies Eastlands, with the Italy international eager to prove his detractors wrong and become a success in England.
“This proves that we are the best. That’s why we won,” said Balotelli.
“The season’s been good, so we deserve to win. Personally, too many people talk and say bad things about me. Now, they just have to shut up. Man City is a great club and a great team, and I don’t see my future far from here.”