West Bromwich Albion's Allan Nyom, left, and Manchester City's Leroy Sane battle for the ball during the English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday May 16, 2017.
The win means a draw on Sunday against Watford will see Pep Guardiola's charges seal a top-four spot, a somewhat disappointing end to a campaign which had started out so well.
Before the final whistle, he was handed the captain's armband and City duly gave him the man-of-the-match award for his half-hour on the field. He said, "I never saw one player in my life go to the pitch and not try to win the game", he said.
That's really important as they will go straight into the Champions League groups if that does turn out that they finish third.
"This club had not played in Europe for 30 years".
"It is a moment to enjoy the last few days with the lads at the training ground and hopefully we can celebrate at the end of the season with another win".
However, since then, the Citizens' form has been inconsistent throughout the season.
Toure was expected to leave in the summer following a turbulent season under boss Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola is prepared to embrace the "second chance" he believes City has given him, but said he could lose his job next season if the results did not improve.
"Gabriel was awesome but I have to say, I think the key player up front was Sergio", Guardiola added. We have to be very proud.
"I don't know how many chances we had and we didn't score many goals". They would have had a flawless score, had not it been for a 0-0 draw against the Baggies in 2011, according to BBC.
In with the crowdFollowing Saturday's announcement he will be leaving this summer, City fans made clear in Zabaleta's last home game as a Blues player their appreciation for his service, with banners paying tribute to the Argentinian defender being displayed in the stands and his name ringing around the ground in a range of chants.
The two-time Premier League victor will end a celebrated nine-year association with the club at the end of the campaign and Guardiola added: "The crowd have stayed to say goodbye to a legend".
Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne netted a quick-fire double just before the half-hour, with Yaya Toure adding the third early in the second half.
"I don't understand how the managers speak for the other clubs", he said in response to Wenger.
"But it's such a thin line between winning at this level. They don't give you a second chance".
United's pre-season tour of the U.S. also features games against the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Barcelona and Real Madrid. "That's the thing you have to accept and get on with it".
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