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Man City says goodbye to legend Zabaleta in home farewell

Man City says goodbye to legend Zabaleta in home farewell

He's a legend for this club, like Joe Hart, Vincent Kompany, Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.

Pep Guardiola claims his first season at Manchester City would have ended with the sack at former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

The 32-year-old, who has made 333 appearances for Man City, will close the curtain on a nine-year spell at the Etihad Stadium when the season comes to an end this weekend.

At least not by Guardiola.

"He made an wonderful, fantastic performance".

"That was the reason we didn't fight (for the title) until the end of the season".

That was effectively game over for West Brom who were offering little in terms of resistance.

"I would not say it's done, fourth, but Arsenal have to win five or 6-0 to qualify fourth, but we are there. We will go to Watford to win the game and finish third".

Goodbye, Pablo. You mean so much to this Club and its fans.

The mood was slightly dampened late on when West Brom grabbed a late consolation from Hal Robson-Kanu.

Just moments later and De Bruyne was on the scoresheet himself.

For the second goal less than two minutes later, Aguero again started from deep, running through and passing to another midfield runner in Leroy Sane.

De Bruyne was the architect in chief for the home side.

Although he didn't get on the scoresheet, the Argentinian had a hand in all of City's goals and Guardiola said he had done exactly what was required.

Midfielder Fernandinho told reporters after Tuesday's 3-1 win over West Bromwich Albion: "He's a top player". Toure charged into open space and finished between the goalkeeper's legs. You've got to take your chances and, not tonight, but in other games we have been well in them. Of course I hope he stays.

"I think he has the quality not just to score, but the quality to create".

That didn't used to be the case.

He said: "If next season is not going well, I'll have one more year of contract and, if it's not going well, they are going to change manager".

Having invested so much effort in recruiting Guardiola - they first approached him in 2012 before finally landing their man past year - City are unlikely to wield the axe soon.


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