Zabaleta says City will go into the showdown full of confidence because the arrival of Pep Guardiola has given the whole side such a lift.
The Argentine star said: “I think for players when you have the opportunity to work with the best managers it's something really special.
"The experience will be great and I'm sure that in the next three years the club will make a step forward.
“For him it's a new experience of the Premier League, a different league, and so I think the players will need to try and help him.
“Especially those of us who have been here a long time who know the Premier League very well. We need to work as a group and try to play well.
“His style of play is maybe a bit different to what we've done in the past. But that is normal every time you work under a new manager with their own ideas. You have to work hard."