Champions League spot within grasp for Man City

Paola Ditto
Mag 18, 2017

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The champions (Chelsea) and relegated teams (Hull, Sunderland and Middlesbrough) were already decided, but Alexis Sanchez sank Sunderland to keep Arsenal in the hunt for Champions League qualification, while Manchester City all but secured a top-four place by beating West Bromwich Albion.

"An unbelievable performance", the Spanish coach said.

The second act of Kelechi Iheanacho's Manchester City career had a pre-determined path, or at least that's what we all thought.

Aguero was even dropped for a Champions League game at Barcelona in mid-October, a decision many could not understand.

The 32-year-old, who announced last weekend he would leave the club in the summer, now has just Sunday's trip to Watford remaining in a City career that has spanned the revolutionary Abu Dhabi era. "We finished the last three games with good performances, but it was not good".

After an encouraging debut season that saw him score 14 goals in 35 appearances under Manuel Pellegrini, the overwhelming expectation was that a linkup with the incoming Pep Guardiola would raise his game to the next level, turning him from talented youngster to bona fide first team player at City.

City are Sky Bet's 1/7 favourites for the victory as West Brom go up against odds of 16/1 to win and 13/2 to secure a draw.

"Get out from the central defenders, create space behind central defenders if they decide to follow him". He has the quality to give that and make the pass.

Gabriel Jesus returned the favor inside two minutes, his layoff at the edge of the area met with a cushioned side-foot volley by De Bruyne that curled inside the far post.

After that the chances started to come with regularity as Kolarov had another effort diverted wide by Jesus, Leroy Sane drove across goal and Nicolas Otamendi shot at Foster.

Gabriel Jesus was on hand to tap home from inside the six-yard box in the 27th, for his sixth goal in seven league starts since arriving at City in January, after De Bruyne burst into the left side of the area and sent in a low cross.

Club captain Vincent Kompany, who also joined City in 2008, was substituted in the 77th minute and handed the armband to Zabaleta with a warm embrace, while Toure was also rapturously applauded late on as he made way on what might also be his curtain call.

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