Man City says goodbye to legend Zabaleta in home farewell

Ross Houston
May 26, 2017

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City also beat United to the Premier League title in 2012 in dramatic fashion when Sergio Aguero's injury-time victor snatched the trophy out of their rivals' hands on the final day of the season.

"I came here to try to win this year, but it was not possible", he told reporters. He is the third-longest serving player at the club behind Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany.

"I think we knew the problem during the season but I could not solve it", he said.

Both opponents are safe in mid-table and Guardiola's top-four rival Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said on Monday that "some teams are on holiday".

Toure's long-time City teammate Pablo Zabaleta, on the other hand, is in no rush to decide on his next move despite being out of contract the end of the season. "We lost a lot of points, but this was a ideal night, especially for Pablo".

"I can not decide here because there are still a few more days to enjoy here as a Manchester City player".

"It was an emotional night, for his family, for the people in the crowd", said Guardiola. He deserves absolutely everything and we are very happy for that.

"The second Premier League we won and that goal against Rome away from home to secure Champions League qualification, my only Champions league goal in a City shirt. They had one chance and scored".

"I need to appreciate all that I loved in the nine years", he says.

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. I will enjoy it.

City have recorded three wins on the bounce, virtually guaranteeing a top four finish in the process, and the latest victory couldn't have been more straightforward. Some managers will have that pressure so I have to handle that.

"But it's such a thin line between winning at this level". It's a real final for us, and we are going to be ready.

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