Manchester City goalkeeper Willy Caballero says the Blues are still fighting for the Premier League title as they travel to Bournemouth for Monday’s crucial game at Dean Court.
A win over Eddie Howe’s side will see City move up to second in the table and cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to eight points.
It remains a difficult task given Chelsea’s superb form throughout the campaign – but Caballero says he isn’t giving up hope of overtaking the West Londoners.
“We are going to fight until the end,” he said. “We want to be involved in the fight for the title and we will fight until the last game to compete with Chelsea and the others.
“We are a little bit far away from Chelsea now but we have to do our job and win the next game.
“We must go step-by-step and have a bit of luck to see Chelsea drop some points.
“We are a big team and we have to focus on big achievements.”
The Argentine says he’s pleased with his own form having conceded just once in that period – and is full of praise for Bravo’s attitude since being dropped.
“It’s great but it’s just numbers,” he said of his recent record. “Sometimes we achieve a clean sheet but the most important thing is how solid we are and if we’re conceding less chances.
“Of course I am happy because I am happy to play, but if we are going well and conceding less goals or less chances then that’s great for me and for the team.
“In the changing room we are very friendly and yes we are in competition for the opportunity but I am pretty sure we will see the best of Claudio Bravo as soon as possible because he is training really hard and his attitude is fantastic.”
Bravo has faced fierce criticism from sections of the media this season, something Caballero knows all about.
He, too, was on the receiving end of condemnation during his first season in English football but a miraculous display in last season’s League Cup final has seen his stock rise.
That experience is something he has tried to pass on to his teammate.
“I spoke to him [Claudio] about it and was honest,” Caballero says. “The performances I gave in my first season at the club weren’t as good as they were in another team, another country.
“We are professionals so we accept this criticism.
“I try to help him a lot because he wants the same as me. He wants to play but the most important thing is that he wants to win, he wants the best for the team.
“You have to be focused and prepare your mind. If you are under pressure and receiving criticism sometimes you are waiting for a good performance to enjoy.
“I think the most important thing is to be focused on what we have to do and try to play and be confident.
“Only you can turn critics into praise.
“This doesn’t change after one day or two hours. You must constantly work.
“In my case I had to go through two seasons, the Capital One Cup final and a lot of games and now I am receiving praise.
“It’s part of our lives.”