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Hart's charisma gives Torino confidence, says Mihajlovic

Hart made the surprise decision to join Torino on loan after falling out of favour under new Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. Credit: PA

Sinisa Mihajlovic paid tribute to Joe Hart's "great charisma" after Torino earned their first home Serie A win over Roma for 26 years.

Iago Falque scored twice and Andrea Belotti also found the net for Torino, while at the other end Hart was only beaten by a Francesco Totti penalty and made several impressive saves to deny former teammate Edin Dzeko.

We signed Hart for his enthusiasm, spirit and experience.

Before he arrived I spoke to him to understand his spirit.

He is a great guy and a wonderful professional, an international level goalkeeper with great charisma.

His presence makes the rest of the team feel more confident.

– Mihajlovic press conference

Hart keeps clean sheet on Torino home debut

Joe Hart. Credit: PA

Joe Hart kept a clean sheet on his home debut as Torino and Empoli shared the spoils in a dire 0-0 draw at the Stadio Olimpico di Torino.

After a forgettable debut during Torino's 2-1 defeat at Atalanta following his deadline-day loan move to Italy, the England international barely had a save to make as both sides failed to claim all three points.

With Maxi Lopez, Adem Ljajic, Arlind Ajeti and Daniele Padelli all missing for Sinisa Mihajlovic's side, Torino's attack lacked a spark but began the game brightly as Empoli goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski was on hand to deny Joel Obi's effort.

Hart was not called into action until the 63rd minute, when he kept out Riccardo Saponara's strike from outside the box. The 29-year-old then had to be alert to palm Andres Tello's shot moments later.



Man City boss Guardiola: I respect Joe Hart

Joe Hart (second from right) faces an uncertain season at Man City. Credit: PA

Pep Guardiola claims his decision to drop Joe Hart could prove a one-off.

The new Manchester City boss sprang a surprise in his first match in charge by dropping the England goalkeeper in favour of Willy Caballero.

The decision is certain to fuel speculation over the 29-year-old's future but Guardiola says his thinking could change for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier at Steaua Bucharest.

The Spaniard, who saw his side beat Sunderland 2-1 in their Premier League opener, said: "Of course he can play. All the players in the squad can play.

"I have a lot of respect for Joe, a lot of respect for his career. I know how good a goalkeeper he is, but today I decided for Willy. That is all.

"I think Willy make a good pre-season, really really good. He gave me today a lot of confidence for his build-up play, for his personality and that's why I choose him.

"In the end I have a squad and I decide what I see. I have to create a team spirit. It's not about tactics, it's not about anything, and I decided today for this line-up.

"That does not mean in the future they are not going to play or they are going to play."

Joe Hart dropped for Man City opener

England goalkeeper Joe Hart was dropped for Manchester City's opening Premier League game of the season against Sunderland.

New boss Pep Guardiola left the 29-year-old on the bench for the Saturday evening clash at the Etihad Stadium, preferring instead the Argentinian Willy Caballero.

Guardiola's decision came amid some speculation over Hart's future, with reports suggesting the Spanish manager may move for a new keeper.

Two of Guardiola's new signings, John Stones and Nolito, were handed debuts while left-back Aleksandar Kolarov was deployed in central defence.

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