Zabaleta: 'Absolute privilege' to play at City


Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes "in my situation at a big club, I'm sacked" after failing to mount a title challenge this season. We have to be very proud. Maybe next season hopefully we can do better.

The home side could have increased their lead after 83 minutes when Fernandinho played Jesus through on goal, but Foster produced a fine double save to deny the Brazilian from close range.

"They arrived once and scored one goal so we are lucky that they didn't arrive more".

De Bruyne curled home a lovely finish from the edge of the area just two minutes later to double the lead following slick buildup play involving most of City's attackers.

"He has helped the club to where it is right now", City manager Pep Guardiola said on Monday, describing Zabaleta as "one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City".

Since Zabaleta's arrival from Espanyol, City has come out of the shadow of cross-town rival Manchester United, to the extent that it regularly finishes ahead of United in the English Premier League. "Now we are going to travel to win the game and finish third".

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Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure were all on target as Manchester City cruised to a 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion.

Famed for the selfless, all-action displays that became his calling card, Zabaleta was keen to play down the efforts that have won him a permanent place in the affections of the City faithful.

West Brom slipped a place to ninth without any of their rivals playing, the result of a run that has seen them collect just two points from the last available 24. "They don't give you a second chance".

"I said to my girlfriend, now my wife, 'Let me go to Manchester".

Manager Tony Pulis said: "The lads have got two days off now, they need that to clear their minds".

"As a player I've done what every single player should do for the club they play for, which is try to perform well on the field every time, give my all for the team, for the club and this is something that fans really appreciate from players". When he gets the ball, you don't know what he is capable of doing - we saw that on Tuesday night.