Hart studies every Casillas move in bid to be world's best keeper
21:30 GMT, 21 April 2012
Copycat: Joe Hart wants to learn from Iker Casillas
Joe Hart is adapting his game to try to become the best in the world after studying footage of Real Madrid's World Cup-winning captain Iker Casillas.
The Manchester City and England keeper, already regarded as world class, wants to move up to another level by emulating the way Casillas combats strikers in one-against-one situations.
He is also keen to keep his concentration like the Spain No 1 when his team are dominating games.
Hart, 25, has been City's most
consistent player in their title tussle with Manchester United and is
one of six nominees for the PFA Player of the Year.
as he approaches Euro 2012, the 6ft 4in goalkeeper believes he has to
get away from the traditional English approach of goalkeepers diving at
the feet of oncoming strikers to force them to shoot.
trying to work out exactly how Casillas manages to react to what the
forward does, instead of trying to force the striker into a decision,
like I have done until now,' said Hart.
'It's better doing it his way, using your reflexes rather than trying to anticipate what is going to happen. I'm working on it – it's something I need to learn.
Ability: Hart wants to learn how Casillas approaches one-on-ones
'In our league you know the forward will favour power over placement, so you can make yourself big and be fairly sure that he's going to shoot where you are covering.
'But more and more I'm coming across different strikers or styles of play that require just what Casillas has; quick decision-making and quick reflexes.'
Hart will be seeking his 21st clean sheet of the season for club and country when City travel to bottom-of-the-table Wolves on Sunday.
Ironically, Hart's father, Charlie, is an avid supporter of the Molineux club.
Top level: Hart is considered world-class but knows he can still improve
His standing in world football was illustrated earlier this season when he was asked to contribute to a Real Madrid approved biography on Casillas called Humildad del Campeon (A Champion's Humility).
With City dominating many games this season, Hart is also impressed by the way Casillas retains his focus given that Real and Spain are often on top.
'When your team are on top, the most difficult thing is not saving two dozen shots, but making saves when you only have to face three shots on target,' added Hart.
'It's something people don't appreciate and I've studied Casillas to see how he does it.'