Silva sees Man City progress under Guardiola in trophyless campaign

- Picture by Action Images via Reuters MANCHESTER, May 16 ― Pablo Zabaleta deserves a victorious finale to mark the end of his nine-year Manchester City career, manager Pep Guardiola said yesterday.

Tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion at Etihad Stadium, therefore, is the Argentine's last chance to say goodbye to the club's home fans.

The midfielder was nearly certain to leave the Manchester club after he was frozen out of the first-team squad by Guardiola in the beginning of the campaign.

"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.

It was the second lucky break for Pep Guardiola's side whose opening goal, scored by David Silva after 29 minutes, incensed Leicester's players because Raheem Sterling appeared to be offside when he swung a leg at the ball.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Guardiola said: "Zabaleta's impact here was wonderful".

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Zabaleta, the last player signed before the takeover, said: "When I first came to Manchester I had the same feeling as I did in Barcelona at Espanyol: we were not the main club in the city".

"The club had got a buzz about it that it hasn't had for a long time, at least not since I've been at the club. We play for a lot of things, (it is) a real final for us and we are going to be ready for this game". What he and other guys did for the club, helped (make) this club what it is right now.

With the stakes high for City, however, Guardiola insists his side can take nothing for granted.

They do, however, still have work to do in order to secure a top-four finish and Champions League qualification, with Arsenal sat just three points behind them in fifth with two games to go. At the end of the season we will speak about this (contracts). I remember at that time [Sir Alex] Ferguson called us the "noisy neighbours" and this is something that I have made sure I have been since that time!

Even so, it seemed to sum up a frustrating season for Mahrez who has struggled to rediscover the form that saw him named PFA Player of the Year 12 months ago. I wasn't anxious because I knew I didn't touch it.

"There is much more optimism that the club hasn't had since I've been here and people want to feel that and be part of it".

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