Man City confirm Pablo Zabaleta departure


City and Arsenal will hope to finish in the top four.

Manchester City took a step closer towards guaranteeing a top-four finish in the English Premier League with a 2-1 win over Leicester City at Etihad Stadium, but were helped by a disallowed Riyad Mahrez penalty.

A 2-1 success over Leicester on Saturday ensured two more victories - against West Brom and Watford - guarantees them third place but the Brazil worldwide is already casting his mind forward.

Mahrez beat Willy Caballero with 13 minutes remaining but had slipped in his run-up and inadvertently struck the ball twice, once with each foot.

But Guardiola feels his past successes, which include two Champions League wins with Barca, can only protect him so far.

Manchester City now need four points from the remaining two games against West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday and Watford away on Sunday to be certain of a top-four finish although a win should be enough due to their superior goal difference.

The visitors also challenged the referee's decision to award City's opening goal, and they might have had a point.

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He said: "If what happens next season is not going well, I'll have one more year of contract, and if it's not going well they are going to change manager". It doesn't even matter if he goes for it, he's interfering because I can't see the ball.

Deposed champions Leicester arrived at The Etihad with the second-best record in the Premier League since coach Shakespeare replaced the sacked Claudio Ranieri as manager.

City has had problems dealing with Leicester's counter-attacking style and pace on the break, losing 3-1 at home last season and then 4-2 in December.

"After next Sunday, we will start talking with individuals", the Spaniard said.

"We have not heard anything", Seluk said.

"It's not easy to win games in a row".

Peter Crouch scored Stoke's solitary goal - though appeared to convert the ball with his hand.

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Hull have 34 with two games left.

"It's a huge result for us".

"The people who are hired are focused in their teams - they do what they have to do".

Southampton is ninth and Bournemouth 10th, with both clubs on 45 points.

So, for the moment, it's only Zabaleta who can really bid City farewell.

Man City's Raheem Sterling contends that he did not interfere with David Silva's goal and was rightfully not called offside.

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