Man City ace Willy Caballero is hoping to extend his stay as Pep Guardiola's first-choice keeper
Caballero has conceded only one goal in the three games since Pep Guardiola dropped No 1 Bravo and City have looked more secure at the back.
The Argentinian has usually been used only as City’s goalkeeper for the cup competitions – he was their shoot-out hero in last season’s League Cup final victory over Liverpool.
His recent run started against Crystal Palace in the FA Cup but he kept his place for the Premier League games against West Ham last Wednesday and Swansea yesterday and now hopes for an extended run.
After City’s 2-1 win over the Welsh club, he said: “I feel great, I try to enjoy it. In the past I was always waiting for the cup games but now I am ready for every single game. The boss took a decision and I try to enjoy every single day.
“He told me before the West Ham game that I was going to play. I accepted it immediately and I tried to do my best during the game.
Caballero says Claudio Bravo has taken his demotion well and in a professional manner
“Against Swansea I had an other opportunity so I try to be positive and concentrated on every single ball. The most important thing though is that the team won.”
Caballero says Guardiola has not discussed with him whether he will stay in the team for a longer spell – City’s next match is at Bournemouth next Monday – and revealed the demanding Spaniard likes to keep both goalkeepers on their toes during the build-up to matches.
He added: “Whether it is going to be Claudio or me who plays, we both receive the same information when we train during the week so we are both ready. The boss treats us no differently to the other players. I try to work hard every week but in the end the manager makes the decision for the team.”
Caballero says Bravo, a controversial signing to replace England No 1 Joe Hart back in August, has taken his demotion in a professional manner.
“It’s not been an easy week for him but his behaviour is fantastic,” said Caballero. “He supports me and we are working really hard. He has a competitive mind so he’s doing very well. Claudio is a fantastic keeper and we have to respect him because he has won so many titles in the last few years.”
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Caballero says Pep Guardiola demands play is built up from the goalkeeper and the back four
Caballero says he has had to improve his control and distribution because Guardiola demands moves are built up from the goalkeeper and back four.
“I feel that I have improved with my feet from the time the boss arrived here. Not just me, the centre backs and the full backs. We have to play from the back and do a lot of things with the ball now and, for sure, we have to keep improving. "
Caballero feared a repeat of the frustrating home draws against Everton, Midlesbrough and Southampton when Swansea equalised with nine minutes left.
But he welcomed City's change of luck with Gabriel Jesus scoring in the second minute added time after Lucasz Fabianski had spilled the Brazilian’s initial header.
“We played brilliantly in the first half but it wasn’t enough and we just scored one goal,” he said. “In the last 10 minutes we played with more intensity and that was a key part of the game. In a lot of games – like Everton and Middlesbrough – we have dropped points but we played with some luck against Swansea and are happy we won the game.”