Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Keepers Must Be Able to Think on Their Feet

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

City Keepers Must Be Able to Think on Their Feet

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PEP Guardiola has issued instructions to his goalkeepers insisting they must improve with their feet under his rule.

The new City manager has made clear his demands of his No1 - which will place further scrutiny on Joe Hart.

The England international has been assured of his place next season - but with Guardiola expecting his keepers to be heavily involved in his possession game, Hart will have to raise the quality of his distribution.

At Bayern Munich, Guardiola worked with Manuel Neuer, who operated as a sweeper/keeper.

Victor Valdes' footwork was also a key component of his Barcelona side that dominated in Europe.

Guardiola's instructions have not been limited to Hart, or even his keepers.

He wants players all over the pitch to be better in possession, with his centre backs also expected to be comfortable on the ball. …

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