Tuesday, 20 March 2012

England keeper wants title

England number one Joe Hart is on a revenge mission when Manchester City meet Chelsea at Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

Chelsea came from behind to inflict a first league defeat of the season on City at Stamford Bridge in December and will be out to thwart Roberto Mancini’s side again as they bid to close the gap on rivals Manchester United.

United’s 5-0 victory at Wolverhampton Wanderers took them four points clear of City at the top and heaped pressure on their neighbours and fans of www.betvictor.com will know the things are getting really tough at the top.

Hart is expecting a tough game against a resurgent Chelsea side and is fully aware of the importance of the contest.

"One result can literally change everything. It's madness but it's great. Being four points behind won't have any bearing on how we play," said Hart.

"We owe them one. They were the first team to beat us in the league this season."

City have been faultless at home this season – winning all 14 league games at Etihad Stadium – but some have questioned whether they have the experience to pip United to the title.

Despite a lack of know-how, Hart believes City are still capable of becoming champions and Victor Chandler still give them a chance.

"I've never won one so it's hard to know what a title-winning side feels like. But we've got a good spirit, good attitude," added Hart.

"And I'm sure anyone who has won a title will tell you that's what is required. We have all the ingredients. All we're short of is the medal round our necks."

City’s title credentials will be tested to the full in the coming weeks. The Chelsea game is followed by a trip to Stoke City, a home clash against Sunderland and a meeting with Arsenal at Emirates Stadium. Ten points is a minimum requirement if they are to take United to the wire.