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.
Manchester City's Pablo Zabaleta in action with Manchester United's Anthony Martial as Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks on at the Etihad Stadium April 27, 2017.
Their place in Europe's top club competition could even be confirmed if Arsenal drop points in their clash against Sunderland.
- Picture by Action Images via Reuters MANCHESTER, May 16 ― Pablo Zabaleta deserves a victorious finale to mark the end of his nine-year Manchester City career, manager Pep Guardiola said yesterday.
Big-spending at the Etihad Stadium has helped to turn the Blues into a European superpower, with Zabaleta revelling in a domestic standing which has now seen City finish above United in four successive seasons.
City go into Tuesday's match on the back of two successive wins, beating Crystal Palace 5-0 but following that up with a far less convincing 2-1 victory over Leicester on Saturday. Since then he has re-established himself in City's midfield and his agent says Toure is still good enough to play at the very highest level.
Guardiola must decide whether to recall his 31-goal leading scorer Sergio Aguero to the starting line-up, having caused something of a surprise by naming him only as a substitute on Saturday.
"He was the first player to come here when the owners arrived".
What is the latest West Brom team news? "We play for a lot of things, (it is) a real final for us and we are going to be ready for this game". I'm sure we are improving, for the next two games and for next season as well.
"What we've got to do now is try to get something from these two away games". I will try with the club, with the players, with the staff, with the chairman, with the sporting director, to do it.
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".