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Stat from Joe Hart's Torino debut sends clear message to Pep Guardiola

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24 hours on from Claudio Bravo's less than impressive debut for Manchester City, Joe Hart made his bow for new club Torino this afternoon.

England's number one is on loan to the Serie A side after failing to convince Pep Guardiola that his distribution skills were up to the standards the former Barcelona manager requires.

And, although he was at fault for Atalanta's second goal in Sunday's 2-1 defeat, one stat from Hart's debut in Italy will certainly give Guardiola food for thought in the week ahead.

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According to Squawka, Hart actually managed to successfully complete 17 passes in his first 90 minutes for Torino. 

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His 83 percent completion rate was, rather ironically given the recent debate over his ability with the ball at his feet, the most he has managed in any league game since way back in the 2010/11 season.

Having had his distribution skills debated very publicly over the past few weeks as he headed for the City exit door, Hart certainly made a point to Guardiola this afternoon.

And, given that the Spanish manager is a stickler for statistics, it is almost certain that he and his staff will have noted the impressive numbers coming out of Hart's debut performance.

Atalanta BC v FC Torino - Serie A

Unfortunately for the shot-stopper, his error in the second half of the Serie A contest will likely also make its way back to Manchester.

His failure to successfully palm away a corner to safety meant he was left in no man's land as Atalanta scored the game-winning goal against his new Torino team.

However, in comparison to Bravo's own error-laden performance in City's 2-1 win over Manchester United on Saturday, Hart can be happy with his day's work.

If he can cut out any silly errors and continue to improve on his distribution stats, there might still be hope for him as City's first choice 'keeper yet.

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