We're Hart-broken! Joe says City let themselves down after Euro failure… but champions will bounce back for derby
00:45 GMT, 5 December 2012
Joe Hart said Manchester City let themselves down after suffering an ignominious exit from Europe.
Defeat by Borussia Dortmund meant City not only missed out on the Europa League but finished as English football's worst performers in the Champions League group stage, gaining three points.
'Have we let ourselves down by finishing last' said Hart. 'Of course we have. We've not even got in the Europa League.
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'We wanted a win and we've let ourselves down. We wanted to do it and if that meant Europa League then great.'
But Hart backed City to bounce back against Manchester United on Sunday.
He said: 'We've been fantastic in the league, so I don't think there are worries about Sunday. Hopefully now we can win the league and deal with Europe next year.'
City manager Roberto Mancini was not too perturbed about missing out on the Europa League, saying: 'Maybe it could be good for us that we will not have to play on Thursday and then again at the weekend.'
He echoed Hart's sentiments about the United game, adding: 'It's the derby next and I don't think there will be a problem with morale. They will be fine by the time that comes round.'
Roberto Mancini added that Dortmund, who suffered a premature exit last season, are a good example for them as they look to improve in future.
He said: 'Last year Borussia Dortmund went out in the first group and were fourth in that group.
'This year, for me, they are probably a team that can win the Champions League.
'When you start playing Champions League, if you make some mistakes, like we did in the first two or three games, you don't have time to recover.
'We were 2-1 up in Madrid with four minutes to go, and we were winning 1-0 in Amsterdam and then had two or three chances to score another goal.
'If we make these mistakes, afterwards, you have no time.'
Dejected: Although Carlos Tevez (centre) and Co worked hard, they could not get a result
Frustration: Mario Balotelli threw the ball on the floor late in the match
City must quickly put the disappointment aside to prepare for Sunday's top-of-the-table Barclays Premier League clash with rivals Manchester United.
Mancini said: 'I don't think there will be a problem with morale.
'We didn't lose the Champion League tonight – it's clear that tonight we lost the chance to qualify for the Europa League.
'But I think that after that, it is important that we only think about the derby.
'We have five days to recover our strength, and then I don't think there will be a problem.'
City have decided to stay in Germany for an extra night rather than travelling straight home.
Mancini said: 'It is better for the players to stay here overnight and recover, otherwise we will arrive in Manchester at five o'clock in the morning.'
Gutted: Joe Hart said that City let themselves down