Emotional Zabaleta proud of ´wonderful nine years´ at Manchester City

I’d have been sacked at ‘big club’ says Man City boss Guardiola

Both teams won home games on Tuesday - City beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 and Arsenal defeated Sunderland 2-0 - to leave them separated by three points heading into the final round of games.

Club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak brought Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano to City in 2012, two of the main figures Guardiola worked with during his time at Barcelona.

"I saw many people crying and they are realising the impact Pablo had on the club".

Zabaleta joined City the day before the 2008 Sheikh Mansour takeover that transformed the club.

"I think Sergio can be a better player, but not just Sergio".

An emotional Pablo Zabaleta said goodbye to Manchester City on Tuesday night.

"I put it on myself, to come here, to prove myself, that I am able to do it with a fantastic club".

When it was put to Guardiola that City's poor results, compared with those he achieved at Barça and Bayern, might suggest he had found England more hard than Germany or Spain, the 45-year-old said: "They are not a outcome of it being tougher".

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"The guys who don't play too much I can not help".

He will end the campaign without any trophy, after City were eliminated from the Champions League last 16, two stages earlier than last season, when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge.

With Zabaleta on for the final 30 minutes, City lost their intensity somewhat and sub Robson-Kanu was able to convert Allon Nyom's low cross on 87 minutes to register for the Baggies. I am happy and I enjoy playing in the Premier League.

The defender addressed supporters, who stayed behind after full-time, following the game and was given a standing ovation from the remaining crowd.

With one game to play, City have 75 points to fourth-placed Liverpool's 73.

"He helped build something special and he deserved absolutely everything and the performance was good, but it was a resume of our season".

"So proud to have been [involved] in probably the most successful period in City's history, so thanks so much".

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.

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