The former Blues’keeper believes two decisions involving the opposition captain might have gone the other way in a historic win for the English club.
Former Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart has said that Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos can count himself unfortunate to have been sent off from the Champions League match between the sides on Wednesday evening.
The Spain international defender was given his marching orders less than five minutes of the match remaining and his team 2-1 down at home, for a foul on Gabriel Jesus when the City forwards was clean through on goal. City went on to win by that scoreline.
He will now be suspended for the next leg as Los Blancos attempt to stage a comeback and avoid elimination from the competition they’ve won in three of their past four decades.
Hart, a veteran of 266 City looks playing for Burnley, believes Jesus could easily have received a warning for simulation in the episode, but the benefit of Ramos being ruled out for another game was worth the risk.
“I honestly do not think that is a filthy or red card,” the 32-year-old told BT Sport.
“Jesus waits for him to touch his shoulder. The worst case scenario for Jesus is a yellow card [for diving].
“Best case is, he has Real Madrid’s captain, leader, legend from the next leg.”
Ramos’ expulsion wasn’t the only controversial incident between the group.
A Jesus header pulled City degree following an Isco attack for the Spanish side, but the goal was only confirmed after a protracted VAR check.
The movie assistant was looking at if Jesus had pushed Ramos to generate space for the header.
Although he finally decided he had not, Hart believes either decision could have gone another way, referring to the inspection system in cricket where the on-field decision is upheld in marginal circumstances.
“I think the two decisions could have been umpire’s call in cricket,” he added.
“I think they could easily have been granted fouls [against Jesus] and they would not have been overruled.”
The next leg will be held on March 17 and City’s lead provides them an opportunity to progress in a contest manager Pep Guardiola says that he has to win to avoid being a failure.
The Blues are very unlikely to overhaul Liverpool’s 22-point lead in the Premier League and are concentrated on Champions League victory this season before a two-year ban from European competition following this season, that they’re appealing.