Man City says goodbye to legend Zabaleta in home farewell
- Author: Julie Sanders May 25, 2017,
May 25, 2017, 19:14
West Brom are without defender Gareth McAuley, whose run of 38 straight Premier League and Cup matches is set to end after the Nothern Irishman suffered a knee injury in the loss to Chelsea on Friday.
The Argentinian announced on Saturday that he would be leaving Man City at the end of the season, and came on as a second-half substitute in his last home game at the club on Tuesday.
West Brom, who are usually sound on defence, found themselves trailing 0-2 just a half-hour into Tuesday's tie at the Etihad, conceding goals to Gabriel Jesus - in the 27th minute - and to Kevin de Bruyne, who scored just two minutes later.
City will play Real Madrid in Los Angeles and tackle Tottenham Hotspur in Nashville. "It was an incredible performance". He was disappointed not to start but came off the bench to a standing ovation.
"Seeing people cry for him and what he has done... it was a flawless day, a special day for Pablo and he deserves everything". It's my first year here but when I saw what I saw tonight I see what an impact he has had for this club.
"It was an emotional night, for his family, for the people in the crowd", said Guardiola. He is the third-longest serving player at the club behind Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany.
"We are there and we are going to travel to London to try and finish third and go direct to the Champions League".
However, on such form and with a healthy goal difference in their favour, they will be confident of holding off Liverpool and the Gunners and claiming the necessary result at Watford on Sunday.
"We are third in the table and it is in our hands, so it is the best thing". Arsenal will hope that City drop points in their next two games so as to finish in the top four.
Asked if he meant what he said, Guardiola, who has occasionally expressed frustration at suggestions he has found English football tougher than the Spanish or German games, recognised he may have created headlines. But we are there.
"At the clubs I worked at before, I would not be here now, but here we have a second chance and we will try to do it better than this season". "Being here from day one is something that has made me feel very proud".
This month, Guardiola will experience finishing a campaign without a trophy for the first time in his nine-year coaching career. It's the right time for me to move on but, believe me, I love this club. If not, I go home.
"I don't know how many chances we created but the players showed me how they can play". Subs: James McClean (for Wilson, 52) 5, James Morrison (for Livermore, 65) 5, Hal Robson-Kanu (for Rondon, 71) 6.