Guardi­ola: I’ve no is­sue with Joe Hart

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Lon­don: Manch­ester City man­ager Pep Guardi­ola says he has no is­sue with goal­keeper Joe Hart de­spite ex­clud­ing him from his first Pre­mier League start­ing XI.

Ar­gentina’s Willy Ca­ballero played in goal for City in Satur­day’s 2-1 win over Sun­der­land with Hart on the bench. Asked how Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Hart, 29, took the news of his omis­sion, Guardi­ola said: “He re­acted well. “I have a lot of re­spect for Joe. I know how good a goal­keeper he is, but I de­cided for Willy.” The Spa­niard, who took over from Manuel Pel­le­grini in the sum­mer, said: “In the end I have a squad and I de­cide what I see.

“I have to cre­ate a team spirit. It’s not about tac­tics, it’s not about any­thing, and I de­cided to­day for this line-up.” Match of the Day pun­dit Ian Wright be­lieves Hart is the su­pe­rior keeper but said he has work to do to im­press Guardi­ola.

“It leaves Hart with a lot to think about,” said the for­mer Arse­nal striker. “Com­ing off the Euros and some high-pro­file mis­takes, he has to suck it up, be pro­fes­sional and get him­self go­ing again.

“I don’t think Ca­ballero is a bet­ter keeper than Joe.”

Guardi­ola also left fully fit mid­fielder Yaya Toure and de­fender Eli­aquim Man­gala out of his squad. Mid­fielder Samir Nasri is still not match fit. He said: “I have no com­plaints about these names. Yaya trained re­ally good, Samir ar­rived a lit­tle bit over­weight but in the last one or two weeks he has been train­ing amaz­ing. I am re­ally im­pressed with his qual­ity. Man­gala, you know bet­ter than me how pro­fes­sional he is.” Ar­gentina striker Ser­gio Aguero opened the scor­ing against the Black Cats from the penalty spot be­fore Jer­main De­foe equalised in the 71st minute. Paddy McNair, who re­cently signed for Sun­der­land, in­ad­ver­tently headed into his own net in the 87th minute to give City vic­tory. Guardi­ola praised winger Ra­heem Ster­ling for his per­for­mance. The Eng­land winger won the early penalty when he was brought down in the area by Pa­trick van Aan­holt. “Ster­ling was amaz­ing. That is what we need. Peo­ple to play wide and have the qual­ity to go one on one, on the out­side, in­side, right, left. That is im­por­tant. He is a fighter,” said Guardi­ola. City’s next match is on Tues­day when they play Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fier. BBC Sports

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