Fernandinho sees improvement during 'tough' season for Man City

Guardiola hopes Zabaleta finishes his time at the club by helping them secure qualification for next season's Champions League, with Guardiola's men now ahead of Arsenal in the race for fourth place.

"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".

Pep Guardiola says that he would have been sacked by Barcelona and Bayern Munich if he had the same season that he has had at Manchester City.

There has, however, been a changing of the guard in recent years, with City collecting two Premier League titles in 2011-12 and 2013-14. It's all about finishing things up, but there are still three clubs fighting for big things.

"Here they gave me a second chance".

It's widely considered to be the most iconic moment since the English top flight was rebranded in 1992 and Silva, who was a key player as City won their first title in 44 years, says it was an "unforgettable" occasion. But at the end we still have a chance to go into the Champions League and I'm sure we can improve next season, ' he said.

Sanchez, Giroud send Arsenal up to fifth
In his latest column, Charlie Nicholas fears Arsenal will blow their top-four chances with a slip-up at Stoke. Let's keep the focus on the way we want to play, on our team spirit.

But Guardiola feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barca, can only protect him so far. They were also knocked out of the FA Cup in the semi-finals and the Champions League in the last 16.

"No, I'm not about anxious about the emotional impact of it" he said.

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

The manager indicated last week that he had already decided whether to keep Yaya Toure, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, Jesus Navas and Tosin Adarabioyo.

"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".

Manchester City are expected to be one of the most active sides in the transfer market this summer, with Guardiola set to shake up his squad after a disappointing first season in England for the former Barcelona boss. That is why he deserves the best last game here at home.

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