Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has hit out at his side’s failure to progress from the group stages of the Champions League despite last night’s 2-0 win over Bayern Munich.
Goals from David Silva and Yaya Toure were enough to help City claim revenge for their humbling defeat against Munich in September, but it proved not enough to help them through to the last 16 as Napoli claimed the runners-up spot behind the Bundesliga giants thanks to a 2-0 win over bottom-of-the-group Villarrael.
City were reliant on Villarrael taking points from Napoli in the final round of games in the group stages after last month's crucial loss against the Serie A outfit, and at half-time appeared destined to grab a qualifying spot before Gökhan Inler and Marek Hamšík grabbed the goals that consigned them to third place.
That means City will now go into the Europa League, and Hart admitted he couldn’t help but feel disappointed over his side’s missed opportunity in Europe’s premier club competition.
"We are a good side and we should be doing better in his competition.” he told Sky Sports.
"But naivety and a few bad performances and you are out, and that is the brutality of the Champions League." he added.
Hart was understandably downbeat after City joined rivals Manchester United in dropping down into the Europa League, with the England international insisting their were no positives to take from their maiden Champions League campaign.
Asked if City had enjoyed their time in the Champions League, he said: "No, we have not really, because we have not done what we wanted to do”
The Citizens have the opportunity to put their disappointment immediately behind them on Monday when they travel to Stamford Bridge to take on fellow title hopefuls Chelsea, who ensured their passage into the knockout stages of the Champions League on Tuesday with a 3-0 win over Valencia.