"(The) pressure I had when I arrived in Barcelona, when I had nothing to defend (myself with) - at that club, if in six months you don't win, you are really out".
"So you don't want to complain, do it better during the season and you will not have this problem". "They have made me a better player and a better person and it was a big pleasure to wear the shirt".
But yesterday's 3-1 victory over West Brom should be enough to guarantee a top-four finish ― and a place in next season's Champions League ― while a win at Watford will assure City of advancing directly to the competition proper.
United's pre-season tour of the USA also features games against the LA Galaxy, Real Salt Lake, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Manchester United can't catch the top five, so can only make the Champions League by winning the Europa League final.
The Argentinian defender has spent nine years with the club and has seen it transformed into one of England's best teams.
Guardiola said for the time being, however, he was fully focused on ensuring City won both their remaining games, including Sunday's trip to Watford, to finish as high up the table as possible. 'It has been nine wonderful years, ' he said.
"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".
The evening began with City fans waving Argentina flags and singing songs about Zabaleta, a firm favorite at the Etihad since joining City the day before Sheikh Mansour's takeover of the club in 2008. For me, we couldn't let people say something like that about us. You need a guy like Kun [Sergio Aguero] to score the goals but sometimes a last-ditch challenge, which are things that often get forgotten quite easily, but teammates and players like us we remember those and it's a feeling that you have.
First-half goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kevin De Bruyne put City in control before Yaya Toure added a third and Hal Robson-Kanu claimed Albion's late consolation. If not, they don't give you a second chance.
West Brom's approach was obvious early on as they sat back and invited City to try and break them down.