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May 8, 2014

Zabaleta wary of City complacency

The FC guys discuss Manuel Pellegrini's success in his first season as Manchester City manager.

Pablo Zabaleta has warned Manchester City that, although they are on the brink of winning the title, they have "done nothing yet."

• Mooney: City calm dispels 'Typical City' nerves

The right-back drew on his memories of a dramatic final day of the season in 2012, when City were last champions, to guard against complacency and ensure they do not take Sunday's game against West Ham for granted.

Zabaleta played when City needed a 94th-minute goal from his fellow Argentine Sergio Aguero to top the final standings in 2012 and he said: "Every single player knows we have done nothing yet.

"Most of our players have been here for more than two years, so we have experience of the game against QPR where everything was decided in the last minute.

"We don't want that again, so we need to have a good rest because Sunday will be another tough game. The inspiration is that we know we are 90 minutes from another title, so the motivation is already huge."

While City's goal difference means they only need to draw against West Ham, Zabaleta said an attack-minded team will not change their positive approach.

"We need to keep fighting," he added. "The spirit of this group has been fantastic in the last few games and we just need to keep playing the way we want to play -- we have been doing it for the whole season so we will change nothing.

"We are an attacking team that wants to score goals. We will see on Sunday if we can play the same way and win the game. We know a draw is enough to win the league but we won't be playing for a draw. We will play to win."

Zabaleta singled out teammate Yaya Toure for praise after the Ivorian reached 20 league goals for the season with a superb solo run in Wednesday's 4-0 win over Aston Villa.

He said: "He is so fast and strong when he starts running forwards. No-one can stop him -- he is an animal, unbelievable. To do that after 90 minutes was just incredible."

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