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Caballero: Hart helps me a lot

  • 23 February 2016 07:56
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As we enter a crucial week for City, media outlets worldwide have plenty to discuss.

From Sunday's FA Cup defeat to Wednesday's Champions League clash and Sunday's League Cup final, there's certainly no shortage of headlines featuring the Blues this morning.

So, let's see what's being said, starting with Willy Caballero's discussion on his positive relationship with Joe Hart.

The Argentine shot-stopper is quoted on Sky Sports' website, insisting the two 'keepers are fully supportive of each other.

"He [Hart] helps me a lot," he stated. "He gives me information all the time about the strikers and the teams we play, both last year and this year as well. 

"I try to help him during the week because we are fighting during the week to play, but he has the opportunity to do it every week, and I try to be his supporter.

"Sometimes it is really difficult [being on the bench]. But even teams like Liverpool play just one goalkeeper in all competitions, so I feel blessed to be in this team."

Caballero has featured in every League Cup game this season and is set to feature between the sticks at Wembley on Sunday.

Previewing the encounter, he added: "I feel the confidence of the boss to bring me into this game. I try to enjoy it, and try to improve every week.

Joe Hart and Willy Caballero

"I have to be ready for this date, which will be fantastic for us. I think it will be a great final.

"We must be ready for everything, even for penalties. Beating Liverpool will be fantastic but it won't be easy, so we must play well, defend well and be solid. 

"The most important thing is to win, it doesn't matter how."

In other news, BT Sport pundit James Horncastle has shared his thoughts on the Blues' Champions League chances, asserting Manuel Pellegrini's men have 'a huge opportunity' to reach the semi-finals or better.

Speaking on the European Football Show, he explained: "If they get through this, in the next draw they might play the winner of Genk-Wolfsburg or Zenit-Benfica.

"Once you get to the semi-finals, anything can happen.

"Maybe that confidence they've been lacking will come through."

Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News carry quotes from Club legend Paul Lake, who was very impressed with the young debutants who featured at Stamford Bridge.

The former Blue, who also broke into the first-team as an academy starlet, believes their displays have given Pellegrini extra options.

He reflected: "There were two or three players that really stood out. Tosin coped well with Diego Costa in the first half, Manu was Silva-esque in his movement and quality, and Faupala up front was superb.

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"Faupala had not even started many games for the under-21s and yet on that stage he thrived.

"He and Kelechi had probably trained together for the first time last week as a striking partnership, and the Garcias and Celina were up against what was arguably, last season, the strongest midfield in the Premier League and who are now back in peak form.

"All those things considered, they coped particularly well. They adjusted, they applied themselves, there was no fear.

"It has also put one or two question marks into Pellegrini’s head before the season ends – he might consider starting Manu and even having Tosin take the place of Martin Demichelis as the alternative centre back, as he coped admirably."

Finally, there are a couple of rumours flying around of potential incomings (as usual!).

Goal.com claim Pep Guardiola will consider bringing in Mikel Arteta as part of his backroom staff if the Arsenal midfielder retires this summer, while the Daily Mail report City are to battle Real Madrid for 15-year-old Servette striker Lorenzo Gonzalez.

Writes Simon Jones: "The Switzerland Under 16 international and his family have been holding talks with Madrid and Gonzalez's father is understood to be keen on a move to the Bernabeu.

"City, however, are due to hold discussions today and hope the pending arrival of Pep Guardiola, plus the young starting eleven that faced Chelsea on Sunday, can help persuade Gonzalez junior that his career would benefit by opting for Manchester instead."

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