Manchester City back-up keeper Willy Caballero wants to repay Manuel Pellegrini's trust and lead his club to victory in the Capital One Cup final against Liverpool at Wembley. The Argentine stopper has played in every round of the second-tier domestic cup competition and is set to be selected ahead of Joe Hart for the first showcase final of the season.
Pellegrini has indicated that the 34-year-old Cabellero will continue his run of playing in every game in the League Cup and start the final on Sunday (28 February), despite his limited outings for the club since arriving from Malaga in 2014. The veteran has made just 19 appearances in 20 months at the Etihad Stadium.
Caballero returned to the City first team against Chelsea only to turn in an inadequate performance, as Guus Hiddink's team prevailed 5-1 to reach the quarter-final. Despite saving Oscar's second-half penalty the City man was at fault for several of the goals at Stamford Bridge to throw into question his role in the final, but Pellegrini looks set to retain him against Liverpool.
"It is my desire to play this final," Cabellero told reporters. "I am ready so now I have to hear the starting eleven from the boss. All the players have to wait for the starting eleven. After this great result in the Champions League we are thinking about this final.
"I have to accept every decision because he is the boss. I have played every game in this cup but the decision from Manuel will be the correct one. It could be [that I deserve to play]. I have thought about this game for a long time after we won against Everton.
"Training every day and very week when you don't have the chance to play, the pressure is a little bit more but it is not difficult for me because I have worked hard since I arrived here two years ago I am learning from Joe Hart a lot and I tried to do my best in this game.
"You have to accept [not playing] because that is the life of the second keeper in every team. It is hard but we have to be ready. Hopefully I have this opportunity, even Liverpool play the same keeper so I have this opportunity to enjoy and to play and I am really happy for this."