Pep Guardiola praises referee for "brave" penalty decision

Rachel Hardy
May 17, 2017

The Spain global told City's official website following a 2-1 victory over reigning champions Leicester: "The final weeks of the season have been tough, but we could win against Leicester and I'm very happy for these three important points".

Pablo Zabaleta will be handed a hero's send off by Manchester City on Tuesday but there will be no fond farewell for Yaya Toure, who could yet be offered a new deal by the club.

Toure, along with Jesus Navas, Gael Clichy, Bacary Sagna, Willy Caballero, and Tosin Adarabioyo, may find out only during the off-season. "From next Sunday we will be focused (on transfers) and see what decisions we will take".

He said: "I have a lot of respect for Pablo".

Swansea's players paid for the tickets of the 3,000 away fans, and the traveling contingent saw their team notch a third win in four games.

There was controversy over the home side's first goal, which came when David Silva turned in Leroy Sane's shot, with Leicester claiming unsuccessfully that Raheem Sterling was offside as he tried and failed to help it over the line.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola on the departing Pablo Zabaleta: "His impact here was incredible".

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Bravo, Gundogan, Delph - injured; Aguero - doubtful. Albion just want to come to the Etihad and make things tough, as they do all the time. "That was not enough to win titles, but the only thing we can do is improve and look to the next season".

Top scorer Sergio Aguero could return to the starting line-up, while defender John Stones (groin) is also in contention.

Pep Guardiola has admitted he would have been sacked by Barcelona or Bayern Munich if he had underachieved there like he has at Manchester City this season.

Madley immediately ruled the goal out for a double-touch and awarded the home side a free-kick, to the relief of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and his players.

"The best team was Chelsea, second best was Tottenham, but we created more clear chances - you have to take them, and we didn't do that". At the clubs I worked at before, I am not here.

"If we didn't play for anything it would be different". "I am not going to be [wondering] all summer: 'Oh what will happen next season if I don't win some titles'".

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