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Manchester City on brink of Champions League spot after beating West Brom

Kristopher Love | 18 May, 2017, 11:13

Guardiola picked out Aguero for special praise after the striker returned for his first start in three matches following a slight knock.

Guardiola reckons his players have been good enough to have achieved more this season, but have paid the price for not being ruthless enough in attack, and for being too generous in defence. "It was an wonderful performance". He has started just five times and has come off the bench on fourteen occasions. He entered to a hero's reception just after the hour and was honoured after the game in an on-field presentation. In my situation at a big club - I'm sacked, I'm out.

"Seeing women cry on the videos means a lot".

Reading will face either Thai-owned Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town in the Wembley final to decide which club joins Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion in the top flight.

His quality and potential have put the future of City hero Sergio Aguero in doubt with many claiming Jesus will be the one to lead the City line from next season.

In such form, however, City should be confident of completing the job at Watford on Sunday. "But if you don't want that, win more games yourself, or qualify before or win the Champions League, and after we don't have the problems with the other ones". But we are there.

There may have been tributes aplenty to Zabaleta, who announced at the weekend he would be leaving the club, and an eagerness to acknowledge other players, including Toure, who could also be leaving.

"When I first came to Manchester, I felt like when I was in Barcelona at Espanyol", he said. Being here from day one is something that has made me feel very proud.

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".

On a return to his old club, Grimaldo said: "I don't close the door to anyone, especially a club like Barcelona, for whom I only have to thank for the academy years I've been there".

Speaking after the game, the man himself gave an analysis of how the club's role in Manchester and English football has changed during his tenure. If not, they do not give you a second chance. Do prevent "West Brom" plans Spaniard?

West Brom grabbed a late consolation through Hal Robson-Kanu but otherwise failed to make an impression.

Despite having 36 attempts at goal - the most in a Premier League game since 2003 - the Gunners could not wipe out fourth-placed Liverpool's superior goal difference.

Manager Tony Pulis said: "The lads have got two days off now, they need that to clear their minds".