Man City keeper Pantilimon accepts Hart No1

Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is looking forward to starting in the FA Cup final. The Romanian accepts he will always be in Joe Hart’s shadow while he remains at City.

Manchester City goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon is looking forward to starting in the FA Cup final.

The Romanian accepts he will always be in Joe Hart’s shadow while he remains at City.

He said: “You get one chance. When the manager says he needs you, and a good club like Manchester City wants you, you have to take the chance.

“You work hard to try to play more, but I knew Joe is a very good keeper, the England number one. I took the risk because it was an opportunity to be at a top club.

“For a keeper it is difficult. Other players get to play for a few minutes, or in other positions, but it is not like that for a keeper.

“I didn’t doubt I would play in the final because I feel I have done OK in these games. Now it’s my chance to do it in the final.”

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