Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart has taken part in a new documentary filmed by Manchester City as they reflect on their 2011/12 title win under Roberto Mancini.
Hart was a mainstay for City in this campaign as he managed to make 45 appearances en route to an iconic victory on the final day against QPR.
Sergio Aguero’s famous 94th-minute winner will never be forgotten, with City scoring twice in the dying minutes to snatch the title from United. And for Hart, it was his very first league success before doing it again 2 years later.
City have published part of their interview with the Celtic star on their site this afternoonas Hart reflected on perhaps the most important day of his career.
“It was pretty sad, and I remember thinking, ‘So this is how it ends? It’s your contribution in the year we might never win it.” After having nothing to do in the first half, I literally had to knock the ball out of the net twice in the second half as the stadium went deathly silent behind me.
“I became a spectator of what was about to unfold. The last 10 to 15 minutes of regulation time were pure frustration. I was as helpless as the City fans in the crowd. Emotionally, I was not there. I don’t want to say it scarred me mentally, but I just wasn’t able to take it all in. I was happy, excited and the champagne was flowing because we had just won the Premier League, but things got over me very quickly, but what can you do?
“To be part of this emotion… this madness. I’m just glad I was on the safe side! It was class. I look back on the photos of that moment with great pride and it was just a really fun time to have.
The moment Celtic goalkeeper Joe Hart became a Manchester City icon
Hart, as we all know, had an incredible length as Man City‘s number one. He managed to get just under 350 appearances for the Etihad side and made plenty of incredible saves in that span. [Transfermarkt].
It was his form with the once more EPL champions that led him to become England’s number 1 and become one of the most recognizable names in English football. In truth, it was his time at City that made him such a big name and probably part of why even today’s Celtic players still trust him so much.
Since leaving following the arrival of Pep Guardiola, Hart had struggled to find a home. Spells with Burnley, Torino, West Ham and Tottenham Hotspur didn’t bear any real fruit for him.
Celtic were able to give him back his enjoyment in football. Ange Postecoglou placed all his trust and love in him to be his number one despite the fact that it took him time to adapt to his system. That’s exactly the kind of support the Englishman needed.
Now he’s smiling again as he eyes a UCL campaign that could easily see him face his former club in the group stage. What an intriguing battle that would be to say the least.
But he will always be synonymous with that special 2012 title victory as City mark 10 years since their famous triumph.
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