Manchester City may have finished fourth and secured their place in the Champions League next season, but goalkeeper Joe Hart has admitted that his side should have done better.
City needed one point to ensure they finished in the top four and accomplished the feat when they drew 1-1 with Swansea City on Sunday. While Manchester United, whose final game against Bournemouth was postponed after a bomb scare, can still draw level with the Citizens, City’s vastly superior goal difference means that United will have to settle for Europa League football next season.
Kelechi Iheanacho opened the scoring for City in the fifth minute before Swansea brought themselves level courtesy of Andre Ayew’s goal on the stroke of half-time.
“It’s hard to be too positive after that, but we’ve got the job done,” Hart told Sky Sports. “If you class finishing fourth as getting the job done then we have, but we know we’ve let ourselves down this season in the league.
“But we go again. We know the beauty of football is that you get another chance next year.”
City have been in the top four since the opening day of the season, but Hart feels that a Champions League berth is not a sufficient return for Manuel Pellegrini’s side, with league silverware always the aim.
“We were in a really good position with only a couple of months to go and we’ve not finished well in the league,” he said. “The positives to come out of it are we’ve won [the League Cup] and got to the semi-finals of the Champions League, which is progress.
“We’ve got to take all the positives and go into next season now.”