Joe Hart says Manchester City's form has to 'catch fire'

Tuesday 03 Mar 2015
England and Manchester City keeper Joe Hart
Joe Hart says he and his Manchester City team-mates have to find their best form in the Premier League – and fast.

Having gone down 2-1 at Liverpool on Sunday, the reigning champions trail leaders Chelsea by five points going into Wednesday’s home match with Leicester City.

If a third title in four years is to be secured, England goalkeeper Hart accepts that it will be hard work, but says they must begin to build momentum starting with a win against the Foxes at the Etihad Stadium.

England v Lithuania

UEFA European Qualifier
7.45pm, Friday 27 March 2015
Wembley Stadium connected by EE

“It’s not by choice – we certainly don’t set out to lose games and then have a points gap to make up, but that’s the way it’s fallen for us and that’s the way we will have to attack it again this time,” Hart told

“I’m not that bothered about topping those previous seasons in terms of drama – winning the league is the most important thing whether we do it dramatically or not. It’d be nice not to have to do it that way but it looks as though it will have to be if we’re going to win it.”

Hart continued: “We start again against Leicester and we have to try and get some momentum going. The season is full of highs and lows and that’s the beauty of this league.

”Chelsea have experienced it and look at Liverpool – they looked as though they could be relegated the way they started the season and now they’re flying and looking like they will qualify for the Champions League. We just need to catch fire at the right time.”

Hart could feature for Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions in their Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Lithuania on Friday 27 March, kick-off 7.45pm.

Tickets for the clash at Wembley Stadium are available online here or by calling 0844 826 2010.

By Gary Stonehouse Staff Writer