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Pep: Bayern, Barca would have fired me

20 May 2017, 02:00 | Charlene Valdez

The City skipper came safely through his eighth successive game in Tuesday's night's comfortable 3-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion, having returned last month from his latest injury setback.

City needs four points to ensure their place in the 2017-18 Champions League.

"I will try with the club, with the players, with the staff, with the chairman, with the sporting director to do it".

Guardiola is in the process of shaping his squad for next season, and while Zabaleta's future has been decided, those of City's six other out-of-contract players remain in the balance. "He played... wow, like for a long time I didn't see".

After an emotional final game for Manchester City, Argentine defender Pablo Zabaleta said he is considering whether to join another English Premier League club or not.

City and United are local rivals and have enjoyed a healthy hostility in the nine years Zabaleta has been at the club.

"We are third and it's in our hands to finish third, so we have to travel to Watford and win the game". But there was nothing but mutual respect on display between the men, whose philosophies could not be any more different.

Pep Guardiola has made an interesting statement when assessing his first season at Manchester City in the summer. Facing Albion is never easy, but who said it was easy?

"Hopefully all the fans can come to support us - we are playing for a lot of important things - more than ever, and to express gratitude for one of the most important players in the history of Manchester City".

"We have been very successful in domestic competitions over the last few years but Champions League is one of the biggest competitions for the club".

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

"Thanks to the fans, the board and everyone at the club - they made me a better player and a better person and I was always proud to wear the shirt".

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he would have been sacked had he had his current season with previous clubs Barcelona or Bayern Munich.

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