Manchester City will be without David Silva and Pablo Zabaleta for Manuel Pellegrini's final game in charge, when they visit Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. The duo have joined captain Vincent Kompany on the sidelines for the all-important clash in south Wales, according to their Chilean boss.
Pellegrini also revealed Aleksandar Kolarov is a doubt for the game, but France midfielder Samir Nasri is available to face the Swans, with City needing to win in order to guarantee qualification for next season's Champions League ahead of rivals Manchester United.
"I think we deserve to be in the Champions League," the City manager said during a pre-match press conference, according to the club's official Twitter account. "We played well against Arsenal and we deserve to qualify, but the Premier League is not easy."
The game against Swansea will mark the end of Pellegrini's three-year spell in charge of City, but the affable Chilean revealed he has enjoyed his time in the Premier League. "Enjoyed it over the last three years," the City manager reflected. "Not just the titles I won. It is the best league of the world. The fans, the stadiums are full capacity. It is a very competitive league.
"There are six teams who are very close to each other with the money they spend and potential. It is very difficult to win the title here. All the teams are difficult."
Pellegrini announced his departure from City in February, when the club were still competing in multiple competitions. But the manager remained tight-lipped when he was asked if it was a mistake to go public with the decision.
"It is not the moment to talk about that. It is important for it not to affect the team. The media did say the season was finished and the next season was starting," Pellegrini said. "But that was not the only reason. There were a lot of others."