Man City on brink of Champions League spot after beating West Brom

In a game that was a must-win for us to secure our spot in the Champions League, the Citizens performed tremendously, especially in the first half.

Zabaleta has won five trophies during his time at the club, including two league titles and the FA Cup. "They have made me a better player and a better person and it was a big pleasure to wear the shirt". "We go to London to win the game. After that you deal with what happens". "If I were Chelsea, they don't have to qualify for the Champions League, so it's our fault or it could be better, not because of the opponents".

As well as their points advantage over Arsenal, Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool also have a superior goal difference (+33 to +31). Having helped his side see out the win - finishing the contest with the captain's armband, given to him when Vincent Kompany went off in the 77th minute - Zabaleta was then honoured in an emotional post-match presentation. The previous one against Leicester was not outstanding, but the second half was good.

But despite all that, the young Brazilian, 20, has already scored six goals and dished out three assists in just 560 minutes of action - due to his stint on the sidelines through injury.

West Bromwich Albion's Allan Nyom, left, and Manchester City's Leroy Sane battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 16, 2017. West Brom are long shots tonight at 23.00, with Man. City well out in front at 1.14 and a draw at 9.00.

"Gabriel was awesome, but the key player up front was Sergio (Aguero)", Guardiola added.

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Saha played one (good) innings, Manan Vohra played one innings but apart from that none of the others played responsibly. After losing the toss and being sent in to bat on a damp wicket Kings XI were immediately in trouble.

When taking over at City last summer, Guardiola said he was under no illusions regarding how hard English football might be.

Aguero had a hand in all three goals, dropping deep and allowing midfielders to run beyond him, in stark contrast to the player Guardiola inherited last summer.

The popular Argentine right-back, who has been at the Etihad for nine years, is due to leave the club at the end of the season.

Pablo Zabaleta is proud of the club he is leaving behind as his time at Manchester City comes to an end.

Zabaleta has made 332 appearances for City, scoring 12 goals, but hasn't been a regular under Guardiola in the Spanish coach's first year in charge.

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