Etihad Stadium

Next Game

Man City v Chelsea

Sunday, 21 September 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Allianz Arena

Last Game

Bay Munich 1 - 0 Man City

Wednesday, 17 September 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group E

Caballero issues Hart warning

Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero has told Joe Hart to expect a battle for the number one spot this season.

Last Updated: 12/08/14 at 06:10 Post Comment

Willy Caballero: Started ahead of Joe Hart at Wembley

Willy Caballero: Started ahead of Joe Hart at Wembley

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

There is fresh competition at City for the keeper’s jersey after Caballero joined from Malaga in the summer, with the Argentine getting the nod ahead of Hart in last Sunday’s 3-0 Community Shield defeat by Arsenal.

The England international was previously left out by manager Manuel Pellegrini last Autumn after a string of errors, but soon returned to City's line-up as they went on to win the Premier League title.

When asked about his first choice, Pellegrini has refused to offer any guarantees over places, and Caballero, his No 1 pick at Malaga, is determined to secure a regular starting role.

"I want to be number one." he said.

"Both of us will train for that chance, but I came to fight for the number one spot."

Caballero was beaten by Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud in Arsenal’s win, but insisted he gained valuable experience at Wembley.

"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."

Team-mate Stevan Jovetic also received some much needed playing time, staying on the pitch for the full 90 minutes in a rare starting appearance.

The Montenegrin admits he must drag himself up the pecking order of fellow strikers, who include the likes of Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo.

But still hopes to play a key role in the upcoming Premier League campaign.

"Everybody knows that when they come to City, they have to compete in the biggest squad in the world," Jovetic said.

"Especially in attack - we have five very good strikers and we know it is not easy to play every game.

"When I played last season, it was good but I was just injured a lot of the time so I was always behind with the conditioning.

"That was the number one problem but in the final three or four months, it was fine and I was playing.

"This year it is going to be better."

More of the games that matter

2 years free Sky Broadband Unlimited for Sky Sports customers

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

ilarious, thanks for that. But if I may, I do suspect the reason of your partners' ire is not Tottenham, but most probably all the compusilve gambling :)

DannySmith
Backing Costa To Keep Banging 'Em In

T

wo police horses in a paddock. Horse 1: What's with the long face? Horse 2: I'm working St James Park this weekend.

hump3.
Pardew braced for protests

T

wo things. First, I can't stop reading your name as 'Dane Bowers'. Second, you used the words 'philosophy' and 'Redknapp' in the same sentence.

ajsr1982
Can United's Defence Handle Ulloa?

Footer 365

Premier League: Man City manager Manuel Pellegrini not concerned by Yaya Toure's form

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has no concerns over the form or commitment of midfielder Yaya Toure.

Transfer news: Chelsea's Jose Mourinho plays down Cristiano Ronaldo transfer talk

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has played down speculation about signing Cristiano Ronaldo.

Dundee boss Paul Hartley anticipates a good derby with United

Dundee boss Paul Hartley maintains his players have no fears as they prepare for the derby match with Dundee United.

Mail Box

Be Careful What You Wish For, Gooners

That's the message from a Man United fan in the mailbox. Plus, thoughts on Paul Lambert's new contract, the Alan Pardew dilemma at Newcastle and lots more...

No, Wenger IS To Blame For Failure...

The backlash to the backlash to the backlash sees Arsene Wenger getting a good kicking while we also have mails on Chelsea, Newcastle, Everton and lots more...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property