Willy Caballero warns Joe Hart 'I want to be number one' after England goalkeeper left on bench for Community Shield defeat
Hart was left on the bench at Wembley and Caballero insists that he has not joined City to make up the numbers
Tuesday 12 August 2014
Goalkeeper Willy Caballero insists he did not join Manchester City to sit on the bench - and has warned Joe Hart he will fight for the number one spot at the Etihad Stadium this season.
Hart was dropped by Manuel Pellegrini last autumn following a string of high-profile errors, but later recalled, and was an unused substitute for the 3-0 Community Shield defeat to Arsenal at Wembley on Sunday.
Afterwards, the City boss refused to offer any guarantees over places, and Caballero, who was first-choice goalkeeper when working with Pellegrini at Malaga, maintains he has his sights set firmly on a regular starting place.
"My ambition is to fight for the position and to be there when the manager needs me," said the 32-year-old from Argentina.
"I want to be number one."
He added of the selection battle: "Both of us will train for that chance, but I came to fight for the number one spot."
Caballero was unable to prevent Arsenal recording a convincing victory, beaten by well-worked goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey before second-half substitute Olivier Giroud cracked in a third from 25 yards.
"It was an important match for me. I have a chance to play. I am happy for this, but not for the score," Caballero said.
"I have been training well, but there is no doubt that this was not one of my best games - they attacked three or four times and they scored three goals.
"However, the decision (about who plays) is for the manager."
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Caballero is in no doubt the champions, without several regulars at Wembley, will be a force to be reckoned with again next season.
"We have a strong team, we are the Premier League champions, with very good players, but we have things we need to prove," he said.
"Manuel has told all of us that we need to learn game by game, that we have to start the league well, that we have to achieve the most important things in the short term.
"We have to do what we did last year, to win the league.
"We were the best team in the Premier League, (but) we have to improve in the Champions League and we have a good squad to do that."
Today in the Premier League, Everton face Manchester United, and Arsenal take on Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium. A victory for Jose Mourinho's side, and they could win the Premier League title as soon as Wednesday with a win over Leicester.
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