Hart: We can only blame ourselves

Updated: September 18, 2012

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart was adamant that his team can only blame themselves after losing the lead twice in the second half against Real Madrid.

Speaking after the helter-skelter match the emotional England international said, “it’s not on, you can’t go 2-1 up with five minutes to go (and lose). It’s not on.”

When asked if the result was a credit to the quality Jose Mourinho’s side he said, “No, we can’t go 2-1 up and lose. It’s an amazing stadium, amazing manager and amazing players. We dug deep, got a lead twice so we have to blame ourselves.

“It’s hard to come off the field after losing 3-2 and be positive. I’m sure in days when we reflect we’ll see the good things that we’ve done but 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.”

City had looked out of their depth for periods before Edin Dzeko puts City ahead on the 69th minute after coming on as a substitute before Marcelo equalised for Madrid just five minutes later.

Aleksandar Kolarov then put Roberto Mancini’s men ahead again with a lucky freekick that evaded everyone including Iker Casillas.

The quality of Real Madrid though was not finished and Karem Benzema snuck a low shot past Joe Hart after a smart turn and finish before Ronaldo breezed past Pablo Zabaleta onto his tight foot, dipping a shot right in front of Hart and giving Madrid with all three points.

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