Joe Hart claims Manchester City’s best is yet to come as they bid to fight off Paris Saint-Germain in their battle for a Champions League semi-final spot.
The two sides have it all to play for in the second leg of their last-eight tie at the Etihad Stadium next week after a frantic 2-2 draw at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday.
Fernandinho’s 72nd-minute equaliser gave City the advantage of a second away goal but after a breathless first clash littered by errors from both sides, goalkeeper Hart knows improvement is necessary.
The England number one, who saved an early penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said: “There is defeinitely an opportunity there but 2-2 is no foregone conclusion. It is going to be another open game – two very positive teams playing against each other.
“I think both of us are going to want to cut out a few mistakes and we can move on from there.
“They are a good team, they are dangerous, but we are always going to believe we are a good team. We have a lot of good players and there is lot more to come from us.”
Hart’s spot-kick stop was his sixth from the last 11 he has faced for club and country and offered early justification for the decision to play him after rushing back from a calf injury.
Ibrahimovic was delayed slightly as Hart took a sip from his water bottle but the keeper denied this was gamesmanship.
“I am stupid but I am not crazy, I just needed a drink,” said Hart. “I am pretty sure he is one player who you are not going to make change his mind or do anything that he doesn’t want to do.”
Hart was beaten four times by Sweden star Ibrahimovic – including an outrageous overhead kick – in an international in Stockholm in November 2012 but the City man insisted revenge was not on his mind.
He said: “No, that’s the past, life goes on. We are involved in a really important quarter-final, trying to make history for our respective clubs.”