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Hart reacted well to omission – Guardiola

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he has no issue with goalkeeper Joe Hart despite excluding him from his first Premier League starting XI.

Argentina’s Willy Caballero played in goal for City in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Sunderland with Hart on the bench.

Asked how England international Hart, 29, took the news of his omission, Guardiola said: “He reacted well.

“I have a lot of respect for Joe. I know how good a goalkeeper he is, but I decided for Willy.”

The Spaniard, who took over from Manuel Pellegrini in the summer, said: “In the end I have a squad and I decide what I see.

“I have to create a team spirit. It’s not about tactics, it’s not about anything, and I decided today for this line-up.”

Match of the Day pundit Ian Wright believes Hart is the superior keeper but said he has work to do to impress Guardiola.

“It leaves Hart with a lot to think about,” said the former Arsenal striker. “Coming off the Euros and some high-profile mistakes, he has to suck it up, be professional and get himself going again.

“I don’t think Caballero is a better keeper than Joe.”

Guardiola also left fully fit midfielder Yaya Toure and defender Eliaquim Mangala out of his squad. Midfielder Samir Nasri is still not match fit.

He said: “I have no complaints about these names. Yaya trained really good, Samir arrived a little bit overweight but in the last one or two weeks he has been training amazing. I am really impressed with his quality. Mangala, you know better than me how professional he is.”

Joe Hart came on to the pitch at the end of the match to celebrate the win with his team-mates

Argentina striker Sergio Aguero opened the scoring against the Black Cats from the penalty spot before Jermain Defoe equalised in the 71st minute.

Paddy McNair, who recently signed for Sunderland, inadvertently headed into his own net in the 87th minute to give City victory.

Guardiola praised winger Raheem Sterling for his performance. The England winger won the early penalty when he was brought down in the area by Patrick van Aanholt.

“Sterling was amazing. That is what we need. People to play wide and have the quality to go one on one, on the outside, inside, right, left. That is important. He is a fighter,” said Guardiola.

City’s next match is on Tuesday when they play Steaua Bucharest in the first leg of their Champions League qualifier.

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Lineker presents MOTD in pants

Gary Lineker kept his promise and introduced the opening Match of the Day of the new season in his underpants.

Former England captain Lineker, 55, pledged to “do the first MOTD of next season in just my undies” if former club Leicester won the Premier League.

The Foxes went on to win their first top-flight title by 10 points.

“It is a one-off and a sporting miracle that has landed me in my underwear,” said Lineker, who scored 95 goals in 194 appearances for Leicester.

“When I tweeted that silly bet back in December, I categorically knew there was zero chance of Leicester winning the league. Zero chance. It happened but it was magical, it was great.”

Lineker managed to keep a straight face, while MOTD pundits Alan Shearer and Ian Wright giggled in the background, as he opened the programme.

Lineker stayed in his underwear as Shearer and Wright analysed Leicester’s opening-day defeat by Hull. But as the programme moved on to the second match, he told viewers: “Enough of this nonsense – I’m going to get dressed!”

He returned to discuss Manchester City’s game against Sunderland wearing a shirt and trousers.

‘4,000 sit-ups a day for 20 seconds of telly’ – social media reaction

“We’re not laughing at you, we’re laughing with you!” Lineker’s MOTD colleague Alan Shearer posted a message of support on his Instagram account
Fellow BBC Sport presenter Dan Walker questioned whether Gary’s underwear counted as ‘pants’…
…as did former England cricket captain Michael Vaughan.
Manish Bhasin, another Leicester-supporting BBC presenter, compares Lineker’s underwear with the Foxes’ defeat at Hull
Stoke and former England striker Peter Crouch could not believe Lineker managed to stay professional in front of the camera
BBC Sport pundit Kevin Kilbane was surprised Lineker went through with it
Presenter and comedian Danny Baker praised Lineker with the help of a pants-related pun

Lineker tweeted following Leicester’s 2-1 win against then champions Chelsea, a victory which moved the leaders two points clear after 16 games.

And his preparation for Saturday’s Match of the Day did not just include meticulous pre-match research and practising his lines…

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Gary Lineker: “I did the tweet knowing there was zero chance of Leicester winning the league”

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MOTD’s Gary Lineker on pants and Paul Pogba

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Crystal Palace 0-1 West Brom- Pardew reacts

Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie’s “heart and soul is elsewhere” as he prepares to leave the club, according to manager Alan Pardew.

Reports suggest