Early kick-off for Manchester City against Everton gives Joe Hart quick chance to redeem himself, says Samir Nasri

Nasri tips Hart to bounce back immediately and says he remains in among the elite goalkeepers in the world

Manchester City playmaker Samir Nasri believes Saturday's early kick-off against Everton offers Joe Hart the perfect opportunity to bounce back from his latest mishaps.

Hart was at fault for two of the goals City conceded in their 3-1 Champions League hammering by Bayern Munich at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old has had an indifferent past year with his mistakes against the Germans merely the latest in a series of errors for City or England.

There had been speculation Hart's place for England's crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland could be under threat but manager Roy Hodgson has publicly backed his number one.

Nasri is also in no doubt his colleague will recover and has backed him to shine against in-form Everton at Eastlands this weekend, when the whole team will also want to respond.

The Frenchman said: "I think that when you are a top player like Joe, you don't have problems with confidence.

"Sometimes you can have a rough patch but he knows everyone is behind him at the club.

"The good thing for Joe and the rest of us is that we play on Saturday at 12.45, so we don't need to think too long about what happened."

Hart was widely proclaimed as one of the best goalkeepers in the world after producing a string of outstanding saves in a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund 12 months ago.

Since then his form may have dipped but Nasri remains convinced he is among the game's elite.

He said: "Yes, I think it's (Manuel) Neuer, Joe Hart and maybe Hugo Lloris, because I play with him in the national team, then (Gianluigi) Buffon too.

"(Iker) Casillas doesn't play any more but for me Joe is in the world's top five, easily.

"I am not worried about him. For the first time in a long time England have a world-class goalkeeper."

The defeat by Bayern was City's second reverse in succession after last week's 3-2 loss at Aston Villa.

This weekend they not only face an Everton side that are the only remaining unbeaten team in the Barclays Premier League, but one that has a good recent record against City.

The Merseysiders have won six of their last eight clashes against the Manchester side, losing just one.

PA

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