Joe Hart’s howler on Torino debut overshadows some impressive stats from on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper


ON THE face of it, Joe Hart had a Torino debut to forget as his mistake lead to Atalanta’s equaliser.

However, a closer look may paint a slightly different picture.

Pep Guardiola didn’t fancy Hart at Manchester City, because of concerns the England No1’s comfort levels with the ball at his feet.

epa05534888 Torino's goalkeeper Joe Hart reacts during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Atalanta Bergamo and Torino FC at Atleti Azzurri d'Italia stadium in Bergamo, Italy, 11 September 2016. EPA/PAOLO MAGNI
Joe Hart’s Torino passing stats would have made for interesting reading for Pep Guardiola
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But, at the Atleti Azzurri d’Italia stadium he completed 17 passes — which is more than in any league game since 2010-11.

Hart’s accuracy on his Serie A bow was an impressive 83 per cent.

However, Guardiola will point to the fact his replacement at the Etihad, Claudio Bravo, made 28 passes in his Premier League debut, against Manchester United — with a 93 per cent accuracy rating.

The Italian press were critical without being overly harsh.

Gazzetta dello Sport joked on the Italian word ‘Bravo’ — meaning ‘good’, before adding ‘but not too good’.

While TuttoSport — which is based in Turin — insisted he “made an omelette”, which is an Italian saying for when someone drops a clanger.

Italy’s other sporting newspaper, Corriere dello Sport just described it as an “error”.

Hart joined Torino on loan on the final day of the transfer window after ten years as a City.

He made 348 appearances an FA Cup, two league titles and a League Cup.

 


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