Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed that his decision to start Wily Caballero over Joe Hart in goal for Saturday’s 4-2 win over Hull City was part of an on-going squad rotation plan.
Caballero was making his second-consecutive start in a week, after deputising for Hart in Wednesday’s 7-0 Carling Cup rout of Sheffield Wednesday, but the England international is expected to be restored for the crucial Champions League tie at home to Roma on Tuesday.
‘I think that for Willy it was good to play not just one but two games in a row,’ he was quoted as saying on M. E. N. Sport.
‘Joe Hart played eight games in 32 days. It was a lot of games for a goalkeeper.
‘When I have a squad with 22, 23 players and I make a change like this it is better for the team.’
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Signed from Malaga in July for around £6 million, Caballero was formerly hailed as one of La Liga’s top keepers after helping his former club to the quarter-finals of the 2012-13 Champions League, following a fourth-place league finish in the previous season.
Originally brought to the Spanish side from Elche in January 2011 by now-City boss Pellegrini, the 32-year-old Argentine will continue to go toe-to-toe with Hart for the first-choice spot, although the long-time starter appears to have recovered from the poor form which saw him dropped for the lineup for a time last season.