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Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart believes Sunday's defeat against Manchester United was one of the worst in his career.
Hart was in between the sticks for the 4-2 drubbing, which leaves the Premier League champions in fourth place in the league.
"That was one of my worst in a Manchester City shirt, definitely," Hart admitted to the Telegraph. "It's hard to take.
“We've won enough of them (derbies) to know how to lose properly, though, and we weren't good enough after the first 15 minutes.
"We let ourselves down and we let our supporters down, but there are six games to go now and they are so big for us.
"It's essential to try and finish third. We've got to get our heads down and win these massive games."
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Lionel Messi thought Joe Hart's performance on Wednesday night was "phenomenal", Andres Iniesta opted for "outstanding" while Barcelona manager Luis Enrique described Man City's goalkeeper as "incredible".
The Spanish side won 1-0 in the Nou Camp to complete a 3-1 aggregate win over City, but the scoreline would have been much greater but for a string of saves from Hart.
"He was phenomenal, he stopped everything," Messi said on the Barca website. "We have to congratulate him on a great game because he's a fantastic goalkeeper."
Andres Iniesta added: "Hart was key to keeping them in it and was great in one-on-one situations. Outstanding."
Coach Luis Enrique was happy to see his side progress to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but felt the scoreline did not reflect their dominance - with Hart the main reason.
"The score could have been a rout," he said. "Hart was incredible but we weren't really on towards the end.
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