Joe Hart sent yet another emphatic message to Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola with an impressive performance for Torino against AC Milan.
The on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper made some vital saves in the Serie A following his replacement, Claudio Bravo, having a nightmare at the weekend in City’s 4-0 defeat by Everton. Hart showed no sign of trouble with his head after being forced to wear a heavy bandage against the same side last week when he was studded by Gianluca Lapadula.
His form in Italy paired with Bravo’s form has seen a host of pundits call for his return. Jamie Carragher was the latest on Monday saying bringing back Hart should be considered by the club. “I’m yet to see the goalkeeper make a save yet,” he said of Bravo’s performance on Sky Sports. “They’ve got a goalkeeper nowhere near good enough. “Pep Guardiola and that club need to be looking for another goalkeeper for next season, or bring Joe Hart back, because if Pep wants to win the Champions League or the League, you won’t win it with that goalkeeper.”
Despite Hart’s best efforts on Monday night his side squandered a two-goal lead.Carlos Bacca’s second-half penalty earned 10-man AC Milan their share of the points from a hard-fought 2-2 Serie A draw at Torino on Monday. Reported Arsenal target Andrea Belotti had put the hosts ahead at Stadio Olimpico, the in-form Italy striker benefiting from Iago Falque’s storming run, and Torino were two up in the 26th minute.
Marco Benassi gave Sinisa Mihajlovic – the former Milan head coach – more reason to be cheerful when back-heeling Falque’s cross beyond teenage Rossoneri goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Torino would regret missing a chance to take a three-goal lead in the 31st minute – Adem Ljajic could only find Donnarumma’s gloves from the penalty spot after Ignazio Abate fouled Antonio Barreca.
Not even a triple save from Hart could deny Andrea Bertolacci’s first goal for Milan in the 55th minute before Bacca converted from the spot.