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Man City will up the ante for return PSG Champions League tie in Etihad: Hart

By Staff Reporter

Published 08/04/2016

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho reacts after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho reacts after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Italian midfielder Thiago Motta (L) vies with Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart jumps to catch the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz (L) reacts next to Manchester City's Argentinian defender Nicolas Otamendi during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero (L) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender David Luiz during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Joe Hart of Manchester City dives in vain as Adrien Rabiot (not pictured) of Paris Saint-Germain scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Joe Hart (C) of Manchester City reacts while Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates as Adrien Rabiot (not pictured) of Paris Saint-Germain scores his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (R) vies with Manchester City's French defender Eliaquim Mangala during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's players celebrate after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot celebrates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Fernandinho (2nd R) of Manchester City celebrates scoring his team's second goal with his team mates during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot (R) celebrates after scoring a goal next to Paris Saint-Germain's Ivorian defender Serge Aurier during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Adrien Rabiot of Paris Saint-Germain celebrates scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp celebrates after his side score a second goal during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final, First Leg match at the Parc des Princes, Paris. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 6, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Paris St Germain. Photo credit should read: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Manchester City's English goalkeeper Joe Hart stops the ball during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
Manchester City's Argentinian forward Sergio Aguero (R) vies with Paris Saint-Germain's Brazilian defender Thiago Silva during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Serbian referee Milorad Mazic gives a yellow card to Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernando during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MARTIN BUREAUMARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Joe Hart of Manchester City saves the penalty by Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Paris Saint-Germain during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) reacts during the UEFA Champions League quarter final football match between Paris Saint Germain (PSG) and Manchester City on April 6, 2016 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEFRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images
PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Blaise Matuidi (C) of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after challenged by Eliaquim Mangala of Manchester City in the penalty area during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

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 Prince.

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.

Hart, who saved an early penalty from Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said: "There is definitely 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.

"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.

He said: "I am stupid but I am not crazy! I just needed a drink. 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."

Meanwhile, Vincent Kompany is in contention to make a surprise return from injury in time to play in the second-leg.

The City captain has been out of action with a calf problem since the round of 16 second-leg against Dynamo Kiev three weeks ago.

Despite initial fears that he could miss the rest of the season, Kompany has returned to training and City manager Manuel Pellegrini admits that the defender could play against PSG.

"The last few days he's worked very well. Now we must test him with more intensity and its very difficult to tell now," said Pellegrini.

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