Man City's Zabaleta up for showdown with Tottenham star Bale

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta knows he faces a massive test against Tottenham winger Gareth Bale today.

Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta knows he faces a massive test against Tottenham winger Gareth Bale today.

Whether Zabaleta starts or is on the bench, he is well aware of the threat Spurs’ wingers pose, but will be ready to go head-to-head with whoever he is asked to mark.

“Everybody knows that Gareth Bale is one of the best left wingers – not just in in England, but in the world,” he told City's website.

“He's been doing well for many seasons at Tottenham and many top teams have been looking at him but they will keep him and try to kick on.

“One of the keys to beating them is to try and stop their wingers and Aaron Lennon is a very dangerous player, too. They have very quick, fast players and whoever plays at full-back on Sunday will have to stop them."

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