City's home form must improve, Guardiola says
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 0:35
Both teams won home games on Tuesday - City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and Arsenal defeated Sunderland 2-0 - to leave them separated by three points heading into the final round of games. I put it on myself, to come here, to prove myself, that I am able to do it with a fantastic club. To see women crying on the screen, it means a lot.
Crucially, City has a superior goal difference of 6 and has a benign-looking game, on paper, away to Watford.
Pablo Zabaleta would be "absolutely perfect" for West Ham if the Manchester City defender joins the Hammers this summer, club legend Sir Trevor Brooking has said.
Yaya Toure, another crowd favourite out of contract next month, got on the scoresheet before Zabaleta received a heroes' welcome and another substitute, Hal Robson-Kanu, netted West Brom's consolation.
"As a football player and as a football fan it was a dream to come to the Premier League", Zabaleta said in an on-pitch address to fans.
Zabaleta was honoured with a number of tributes after the game, including the presentation of a lifetime City season ticket.
Fighting back the tears, Zabaleta ended his speech by saying: "From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the fans".
The forward duo started together for only the second time and Aguero's link-up play illuminated the opening period, most notably when a deft backheel played in De Bruyne to set up Jesus' opener.
Zabaleta's departure marks the end of an era for the team.
I'm happy it's in our hands to finish third.
Sane was heavily involved as City chased the breakthrough and the Germany global should have done better than dragging a bouncing shot wide when Aguero played him through in the 17th minute.
Just two minutes later, Albion caved in again to another well worked goal as De Bruyne strode onto a loose ball and curled a superb, half-volleyed finish past the diving Ben Foster from the edge of the box.
West Brom's Tony Pulis says he has no complaints about his side's defeat to Manchester City as the Baggies' miserable form continues.
Yaya Toure added a third shortly before the hour, exchanging passes with Aguero, driving into the box and slotting home.
Before the final whistle, he was handed the captain's armband and City duly gave him the man-of-the-match award for his half-hour on the field.