Wednesday, 17 January, 2018

Emotional Pablo Zabaleta is happy to leave Manchester City in safe hands

Rita Gibson | 25 May, 2017, 19:13

Reading will face either Thai-owned Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town in the Wembley final to decide which club joins Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight.

Arsenal are trying to steal City's place but manager Arsene Wenger believes it could be hard for his side because some teams are "having a breezer" instead of competing until the end of the season.

Goals from Gabriel Jesus, Kevin De Bruyne and Yaya Toure saw City cruise to victory on Pablo Zabaleta's final home appearance for the club.

But Guardiola is not at those clubs any more. The difference is that City are not a big club, and Guardiola, though he has struggled in some ways, has actually laid the right groundwork despite the club's struggles. "The two lads we're talking about, I've found them smashing people - really good football people, down to earth, genuine". They couldn't even challenge Tottenham for the Premier League.

"I will enjoy my last few days with the club, there's still one more game left to play".

"It was a slow start to the season but we picked up and it's been a fantastic journey and a fantastic ride", said Pulis.

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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.

The defender addressed supporters, who stayed behind after full-time, following the game and was given a standing ovation from the remaining crowd. And I think there is a lot of truth in it to be honest. "You never realise how tough those moments are when you have to say goodbye to everyone", he added.

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

"The team, the players, the manager need to be in the Champions League, in the greatest competition in the world next season".

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

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will tell Vincent Kompany to "take it easy" during his summer break. He deserves absolutely everything and we are very happy for that.

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