Pep Guardiola wants the supporters to fill the Etihad and create an electric atmosphere for City’s clash with West Bromwich Albion.
Guardiola says that it’s an important match not only because the victory in it can strengthen City’s European qualification hopes, but, also because it’s the last time Pablo Zabaleta, one of the club’s greatest servants, will feature on the home turf and on such an occasion, there must be a buzz in and around the stadium.
Zabaleta has recently revealed that he won’t be extending his City stint, which is 9-season long; any further and will make his way out of the club when the on-going season comes to an end.
Guardiola reckons when a player stays at the club for as long a period as Zabaleta has stayed, he becomes a part of the core group and it’s not that easy to get an ideal replacement for him straight away.
Guardiola is of the view that Zabaleta’s contribution in the rise of City in the last decade or so has been fantastic and for that, the supporters owe him a grand farewell and it’s their duty to make him feel special at the time of his exit.
Guardiola also rubbishes the predictions that the West Brom game will be a cake-walk for City as the Baggies, having nothing to achieve, won’t be motivated for the game and will give an easy ground to the hosts.
As per Guardiola, he has never seen a Tony Pulis side step on to the ground and not put in their 100% regardless of how much importance the game holds for them and he doesn’t think there will be any drop in their energy tomorrow either. They will certainly come hard and will want to emerge victorious.