Goalkeepers dominated last weekends reporting so we thought we would share with you our views from the weekend.
Joe Hart dropped.
The first talking point came in the buildup to Manchester Citys clash with Norwich City, when Manuel Pellegrini announced to the press that after a few weeks of speculation he was dropping Manchester City number 1 Joe Hart for Costel Pantilimon. Hart has made some high profile errors this season and the break was a good move from Pellegrini on two counts. The first way in which it was good management was for the simple fact Joe Hart needed a break, he has been City’s league number one for the last 4 seasons and the unchallenged situation may have bred complacency in Hart. The second part is the fact it sends a message to the entire squad that everyone is replaceable if they do not put in the performances that the Chilean demands. He also did well in keeping Hart out of the team for the CSKA match as Pantilimon didn’t have a lot to do in the Norwich game (one shot on target), so shouldn’t have lost his place. The ball is now in Harts court to step up his performance and regain his jersey.
Tottenhams French Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was involved in a horrible collision with Evertons Romelu Lukaku that was reminiscent of the clash that left Petr Cech crumbled on the turf at the Madejski Stadium back in 2006. First things first, there is no way Lukaku should have been booked for the clash as he altered the course of his run to try and avoid the Frenchman, unfortunately it was the momentum of the on rushing Lloris that caused him to keep sliding in to make contact with Lukaku’s knee. It wasn’t exactly the Belgians fault. After all if a man of Lukaku’s size decides to be malicious and leave his knee in, we wouldn’t be the only thing Sat In Row Z! Tottenham have copped a lot of bullshit for allowing Lloris to play on as he did look sparked out on the turf but even with all the medical professionals on the field of play the only person who knew exactly how he felt was Lloris himself, he was looked at by the doctor and they weren’t exactly trying to get him off the pitch so they must have believed he wasn’t in that bad of a condition. If the player wants to carry on leave him on unless he starts showing serious signs of concussion. And Remember: Sport Hurts!
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