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Caballero: ‘We believe in ourselves because we represent Chelsea’

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Willy Caballero looks set to make his second start of the season tonight, as Chelsea take on Manchester United in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup. The veteran backup, now in his third season at Stamford Bridge, is well familiar with this situation, having played in 15 of the 21 League Cup and FA Cup matches Chelsea have played since he joined us from Manchester City in the summer of 2017.

Chelsea have only lost 1 of those 15 games, the second leg of the 2017-18 League Cup semifinal against Arsenal. By far the oldest member of the playing squad, Willy C will be looking to continue that winning habit tonight.

“It doesn’t matter your age; we have to be ready to fight for the opportunity to play. We believe in ourselves because we represent Chelsea. Every player that is here can do this job, but to represent Chelsea means a lot. There is a lot of hard work to do in every single game, it doesn’t matter who the team in front of you is.”

Victory tonight would not only get Chelsea into the quarterfinals, but give the Blues an eighth win on the bounce, and further validate the youthful, energetic approach lead by Frank Lampard. But even if that were not to happen — and fingers crossed we don’t mess it up — for Caballero, who was Lampard’s teammate for a season at Manchester City, the new head coach and his youth revolution have already re-energized the place.

“I feel good, so I don’t have a problem to be the most experienced player, I am proud of it! As an experienced player the most important thing is to open doors and be a good human group, push all together, and to involve all the new players as quickly as we can because it’s the best way to achieve a high level.

“The young players grew up in this club so they know what they have to show. The most difficult thing is then to actually show it, which they have done so we are happy.”

“[Lampard] has been a breath of fresh air for everyone, for the players and the club. The way Frank showed how he wants to play, it took us a little bit of time, but we are doing everything that he wants. We are really happy and we are training really hard in a very good way, with a very good mood. We are on a really good run and we will try to continue that.”

-Wilfredo Caballero; source: Chelsea FC

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