City eye top four boost to mark Zabaleta farewell

Posted May 17, 2017

In Pep Guardiola's first season managing in England, Manchester City won't win a trophy and isn't assured even of finishing in the top four in the Premier League, but he's happy about one thing: he'll get a second chance.

"Why should I change?" At Barcelona or Bayern Munich, there you have to win by far. The only power we have as managers is to play the way we want to play. Leicester, who saw their title officially taken from them by Chelsea on Friday, won the reverse fixture in December 4-2 but found themselves behind in controversial fashion here. They are a attractive squad, a huge squad, which I love.

"We have many possibilities".

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.

However, City are on course to qualify for the UEFA Champions League next season, and the emergence of Gabriel Jesus could guarantee that Guardiola has one of the burgeoning strikers in Europe who will bag plenty of goals next year.

"We have not heard anything", Seluk said.

"It's like a golfer making attractive swings and getting on the green with a chance to make birdie, but every time it is par, par and par".

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"When that happens it is the most hard thing to solve".

"But whatever happens at the end of the season, one thing for sure is my heart will be here and my love for this club is massive".

"We are trying to improve week by week, training session by training session".

Guardiola was speaking at a press conference to preview Tuesday's final home game of the campaign against West Brom. "Both them have quality enough to see who wins the game for the side", Guardiola said. "I'm not from here, I don't know the answer".

The Spaniard can look forward to a busy transfer window after the season ends, as he looks to build a squad capable of fighting for the league title and mounting a challenge in the Champions League.

"I am glad with what they have done so I don't have regrets or complaints".

Having invested so much effort in recruiting Guardiola - they first approached him in 2012 before finally landing their man past year - it is unthinkable City would wield the axe so soon.