Hart: Second place & FA Cup would render Man City’s season a success
Joe Hart says finishing second in the league and winning the FA Cup would make this season a success for Manchester City
Joe Hart says Manchester City’s season would be deemed a success if the Citizens finish in second place and win the FA Cup.
Roberto Mancini’s men make the trip to Manchester United on Monday night, with the defending champions looking to reduce the 15-point deficit to the Premier League leaders.
With the Citizens’s hopes of retaining their league crown looking slim, City can still lift their second FA Cup in three seasons but must beat Chelsea to reach the final.
Asked whether a second-place finish and a Wembley triumph would be considered adequate for the campaign, Hart told Football Focus: “We’ve got to look to win our last seven games and two in the cup.
“That has to be seen as successful.”
He added: “We do not deserve to be 15 points behind Manchester United. They play very well and have won a lot of games and they deserved to stay on top but not by 15 points,” he said.
“The table is not true. Now we have eight games and if we win a lot of those games maybe we can close that gap.”
City have struggled to produce the same consistency which helped Mancini’s men claim their first-ever Premier League crown last season.
And Hart says City, who were eliminated in the Champions League group stage, must assess what went wrong this season in a bid to improve for the 2013-14 campaign.
“You have to keep re-evaluating the season,” he said.
“We have had disappointments in the league and Champions League but you have to move forward and appreciate it’s not all set up for us.
“We have to keep moving forward and learning.”