Joe Hart won't give up on Premier League title

Hart insists his teammates will keep fighting. (©GettyImages)

Joe Hart proved on Wednesday night that he has the stomach for a fight when he single-handedly almost kept out the mighty Barcelona.

Now he's backed up the incredible performance that saw Lionel Messi label him a phenomenon by insisting he's still not given up on overhauling Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, despite being six points behind the leaders who have one game in hand.

Challenge continues

The City goalkeeper has been one of Manuel Pellegrini's most consistent performers this season, and he's insisted he'll keep giving his all in the title race until his team can no longer mathematically catch Jose Mourinho's side.

With third-placed Arsenal now just a point behind City, you'd expect Hart's teammates to have a nervous glance over their shoulder, but the England stopper insists he and his colleagues remain fully focused on retaining their Premier League crown.

Following the 1-0 defeat in Barcelona, which dumped City out of the Champions League, Hart told the Manchester Evening News: "I will never give up, ever, and I could safely say that nobody in our dressing room will ever give up either."

Next up for City is a visit from West Brom, and whilst they'll be expected to gain maximum points against Tony Pulis' side, trips to Tottenham Hotspur as well as arch-rivals Manchester United make for a difficult run-in for Hart and co.

For the fans

With City's Champions League dream over for another year the Premier League is their last chance to pick up silverware this season, and that's more than enough to motivate Hart, who is desperate to give something back.


"We have no excuse not to throw everything at the Premier League now and give our all – to the fans, the owner, to everyone," he added.

No more slip ups

The visit of West Brom would, to most, seem like a certain home. However, Hull claiming a point at the Etihad Stadium earlier this month and last week's defeat at Burnley have highlighted City's weaknesses.

Despite those results, Hart is keen for his team to go on a winning run, starting this weekend.

“Every game is a must-win now - we have no time to lick our wounds, we have to fly into that game. We have to win every game, and that is how we will go into it, and see where it takes us."

Keep fighting

Of course, the most memorable moment in City's history was built around their willingness to keep going to the death.

Trailing to QPR on the last day of the 2011-2012 season, City had seemingly handed the title to rivals United only to grab to stoppage time goals and claim a first ever Premier League crown.

While they were ultimately unsuccessful against Luis Enrique's side, Hart is confident the teams performance proved they're up for the fight and issued a rallying call to his teammates.


“We have had a few knocks this season, but we have proved it time and time again, and so have our fans, that we come back and we keep fighting. That was proved tonight," he said.

"People could have given up but we never did – we kept going. Personally, I never give up on anything. We have to kick on. We turn around and go again on Saturday."

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