Gary Neville criticises Hart for poor Champions League performance

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Joe Hart was on the receiving end of criticism from former Manchester United defender and England coach Gary Neville following his performance in Manchester City's 3-1 defeat against Bayern Munich last night.

The England goalkeeper was at fault for two of Bayern's three goals at the Etihad Stadium as Manuel Pellegrini's side were roundly beaten by their German rivals.

Neville, who has been criticised in the past for going soft on Hart because of his role with the England senior team, said last night that the Manchester City man will be "disappointed" for his part in Bayern's first and third goals.

"It's the power of the shot. He's got to do better there, Joe Hart, beaten at his near post," he said of Bayern's first goal in his role as a pundit for Sky Sports. "It just goes through his hand. It's not the start Manchester City wanted or the goalkeeper."

He added of Arjen Robben's goal in the second half: "You have to say Joe Hart's got to do better again at that near post. That's twice he's been beaten there tonight. He'll be disappointed again."

Hart's recent error-strewn performances are likely to place increased pressure on his position as number one for both Manchester City and England, and Pellegrini admitted afterwards that his performances are becoming a worry.

"Of course, I'm worried about the mistakes," the Chilean said. "But I think that was not an easy game. We played against a very strong team. But our performance was not the way we are playing.

"It is important to think about the future and what the solutions are. I will talk about the team, not individual players. We played really badly. Not the team we see every week in the Premier League."

The defeat leaves Manchester City in need of wins in their next two Champions League outings, both against CSKA Moscow, in order to put themselves in the driving seat to qualify for the knockout stages behind Bayern.

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