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.
Manchester City lost to Monaco in the round of 16 of the Champions League and exited the League Cup in the fourth round.
"I learned from Barcelona where I met players who were 28-29 and they learned".
Famed for the selfless, all-action displays that became his calling card, Zabaleta was keen to play down the efforts that have won him a permanent place in the affections of the City faithful.
"Here they gave me a second chance and we will try to do it", he added.
After an emotional farewell for City stalwart Pablo Zabaleta following his final game at the Etihad Stadium before he leaves this weekend, Guardiola spoke to the fans before disappearing down the tunnel and into the City changing room. In my situation at a big club: I'm sacked.
When it was put to Guardiola that City's poor results, compared with those he achieved at Barça and Bayern, might suggest he had found England more hard than Germany or Spain, the 45-year-old said: "They are not a outcome of it being tougher". But there was nothing but mutual respect on display between the men, whose philosophies could not be any more different.
It would be good for the Gunners to go into that final day either level with City or just a point behind and that could happen if West Brom do us a favour at the Etihad. I am happy and I enjoy playing in the Premier League.
Right at the start of the season, one of the players much linked to Manchester City was Alejando Grimaldo.
"We are third and it's in our hands to finish third, so we have to travel to Watford and win the game". "For that you need time and it is not easy", said Guardiola.
At Manchester, it was pretty much a ideal night for Manchester City.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said that his former clubs Barcelona and Bayern Munich would have sacked him if he failed to win them a trophy.
"The Premier League is the greatest competition in the world and to come back and play against City would be tough".
"That's why it is something I'm very proud of, because it's been nine years with a lot of success".