After Manchester City squandered a lead with just minutes to spare and lost to Real Madrid 3-2 a fortnight ago, goalkeeper Joe Hart was unabashed in his analysis.
"You can't go 2-1 up with five minutes to go and lose the game," he told reporters. "Who else can we blame? We can only blame ourselves. We're not a team that should come here and pat ourselves on the back for doing well. We're a team that gets results."
His comments drew the ire of his manager Roberto Mancini, who had declared that his side had "played really well."
"If anyone should criticize the team, I should criticize the team, not Joe Hart," snapped Mancini at a post-game press conference. "Joe Hart should stay as goalie and finish."
Hart did exactly that on Wednesday, when City took on their second opponent, Borussia Dortmund , in the UEFA Champions League's group (of) D(eath). He single-handedly (well, two-handedly) kept a hapless City in the game with sprawling saves in the 12th, 54th, 67th and 91st minutes; a...