Pablo Zabaleta admits this has been the best season of his career – but it will mean nothing if City fail to win a trophy.
The dependable right-back has been one of the Blues’ stand-out performers during this campaign, rightly receiving plaudits from all quarters for his contribution to the team and consistency levels.
A strong candidate for the club’s player of the year, Pablo is more determined than ever to help the team bring back the FA Cup for the second time in three years.
“If we can win the FA Cup it would be even better, but on a personal note I have enjoyed this season and being a regular in the team has been fantastic,” he said.
“Every time you see your name on the team-sheet you feel proud and an important member of the squad.
I’ll always work hard for the team and give my best but we need to win a trophy and have something to show for our efforts
Zaba says if he and compatriots Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez are on the pitch at the same time during Sunday’s semi-final with Chelsea, it will be a proud day for Argentina.
“We have three Argentinian players in our team and it is very special for Carlos and Kun to be able to play together in the same club team,” he said,
“We’ve known each other for many years and because they are both strikers, they can change the game at any time. They have great quality and can score out of nothing, as Kun proved against United and they fight and give 100% every time they play for City.
It will be good for us if we all play at Wembley because it is a special place to play football
I would like to be a top scorer like Carlos and Sergio but we all have our jobs to do – I’m happy with three goals this season and it could have been five had the post not got in the way!
“The Premier League is the one everyone really wants to win but the FA Cup would be a great end to the season.”
Pablo also revealed he has an extra incentive to win on Sunday with the possibility his father Jorge, who has made fantastic progress from the terrible car accident he was involved in a couple of years ago, could be well enough to make the final next month.
“I don’t think my father will be able to attend the semi-final unfortunately,” said Pablo.
“He is getting better and progressing all the time which is fantastic. I saw him recently when I went back to Argentina for the international games but for him to fly 18 hours would be difficult and he would need some people to travel with him and look after him so he is unlikely to make this game.
“He will watch the game on TV and he watches every City match – if we reach the final, who knows? I will try and help us win this game for him and our supporters.”
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