Tottenham v Manchester City team news: Joe Hart gets the nod ahead of Shay Given for Roberto Mancini’s side

August 14th, 2010

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Joe Hart has been chosen over Shay Given to start in goal for Manchester City’s Premier League opener against Tottenham Hotspur.

On Friday, Roberto Mancini insisted he had not decided on his number one goalkeeper and believed whoever he left out would probably seek a move away from Eastlands.

With Given being resigned to the bench, it appears the Italian has elected to promote Hart to being his first-choice goalkeeper for the forthcoming season.

Mancini revealed to Sky Sports he finalised his decision after the team’s press conference. He said: “I told him [Given] yesterday. It was difficult. I have two fantastic goalkeepers, but for today I chose Joe.”

After being given the number nine shirt for the new campaign, Emmanuel Adebayor was expected to feature frequently this season but the Eastlands boss has dropped the forward at White Hart Lane.

“Adebayor is fit, but we have five games in the next two weeks. He is a good player. Today we start with first XI and then we change. I think we can change [formation] during the game.” Mancini said.

Ireland international Given has been linked with moves to Arsenal and Celtic, although City are will be reluctant to allow one of their players to go to a rival club and would prefer the 34-year-old to move to Scotland.

Shaun Wright-Phillips is also a surprise starter for City, while for Spurs Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe get the nod in attack.

Tottenham (4-4-2): Gomes, Corluka, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto; Lennon, Modric, Huddlestone, Bale; Crouch Defoe.

Subs: Cudicini, Kaboul, Pavlyuchenko, Keane, Palacios, Giovani, Bassong.

Man City (4-3-3): Hart, Richards, Toure, Kompany, Kolarov; Toure, De Jong, Barry; Wright-Phillips, Tevez, Silva.

Subs: Given, Zabaleta, Adebayor, Adam Johnson, Lescott, Vieira, Jo.

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