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Some City fans may feel this season has been a little bit of a disappointment – so much was expected from then when Pep Guardiola arrived at the Etihad, hoping to bring with him the types of success he had enjoyed with Bayern Munich and Barcelona.
City will instead finish the season with no silverware to show for it, but Guardiola still feels very optimistic about the future – and surprisingly, so do a lot of the fans.
Many City fans actually believe this season is exactly what the club would call it – season of transition.
And it is entirely possible that next season and beyond, Guardiola will really come into his stride and begin to show why appointing him was a good idea, and prove that he can perform outside of his comfort zone in the toughest league in world football.
Guardiola still feels however, the final game of the season is a big one for City.
“We’ve dropped a lot of points at home but we still have 95, 96 minutes to fight,” said Guardiola. “It’s so important for the club, for the future, being in the Champions League.
“So, it is a crucial game for us, a final, absolutely a final for us. And of course it is in our hands, it depends on us.
“We have to win the game. Every game is a pressure but it is in our hands. It’s not depending on Arsenal or Liverpool, it’s in our control.
“This is a real final for us and we have to have a real focus on that. We have to talk about the present and not about what might happen next season.”