Zabaleta has been impressed with Eden Hazard's form so far this season and he knows the Belgian will be a handful on Monday night.
But the Argentina defender won't be losing any sleep over the potential duel and enjoys pitting himself against talented players.
"Hazard has been one of the most impressive players around this season and he's done really well for Chelsea," he told City's website.
"He's a great player and as a defender, he's someone you expect to have a difficult match against, but I've been up against him a few times before and I'm looking forward to the challenge."
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