Torino goalkeeper Hart in Inter’s firing line

MILAN – The attacking threat of Inter Milan should present a severe test to Serie A-loving England goalkeeper Joe Hart as his side Torino host the on form visitors on Sunday.

With 15 goals from their past three league outings, Inter's bid for a top three finish and a return to the Champions League for the first time since 2012 is taking shape.

But Stefano Pioli's men remain six points behind Napoli in the third and last Champions League qualifying spot and the coach said Thursday: "Torino have some top class players, so we have to be wary. "We have to take things one game at a time and try to keep winning until the end of the season."

Hart joined Torino on a season-long loan deal from Manchester City after being rejected by coach Pep Guardiola and has conceded 42 of the 46 goals shipped so far this campaign.

Yet the 29-year-old remains a hugely popular figure in the former Italian capital and seems in no hurry to return to England, despite Guardiola affirming Hart "remains a City player" earlier this week.

At 31 points behind leaders Juventus and 15 points off the closest Europa League place, Torino have little to play for over the remaining 10 fixtures.

But the 'Granata' could throw a spanner in the works for Inter, who -- after a five-year absence -- are desperate to contend the competition they won in 2010 as part of a memorable treble under Jose Mourinho.

With Inter away, injury-ravaged Milan host Genoa at the San Siro looking to maintain their bid for a Europa League place.

Juventus, fresh from qualifying for the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-0 aggregate win over Porto, are expected to cruise to the three points at Sampdoria on Sunday.

Agencies