Martin Demichelis has said he owes his place in the World Cup final to Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
Argentina international Demichelis said reaching the final had crowned a remarkable revival to his career that was beyond his wildest expectations.
The centre-back is set to start against Germany at the Maracana -- and he could end the season as a Premier League, Capital One Cup and World Cup winner.
He said that was "a dream" after a two-and-a-half year international exile was ended when he was recalled to the Argentina squad for the World Cup and then brought into the starting XI for the quarterfinal against Belgium.
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Demichelis had not played for his country since being jeered for a mistake that cost Argentina a goal against Bolivia in November 2011.
But Pellegrini, who was his manager at both River Plate and Malaga, signed him again last summer and made him a regular for Manchester City.
Demichelis told La Tercera: "I owe a lot to Manuel. He took me to Malaga, and then to Manchester. I could not be more thankful.
"I always worked as well as possible, and the people who were close to me all these years know how I battled to have this new opportunity. Fortunately I got it, and even more so at a World Cup. There is nothing to match a moment like this.
"I never thought of being here -- that is the truth. All this is like a dream. I am afraid that I am going to wake up and realise that it is all a dream.
"You could not even imagine this. But you have dreams, hopes. I have prepared all these years for this."