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Zabaleta admits Hart may've rescued Man City title chance (and it wasn't a save)

Pablo Zabaleta admits Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure risked being banned for their trip to Liverpool after a blow-up with Southampton's James Ward-Prowse.

Sensing City's driving force had lost it and was in danger of inviting a second yellow card, Joe Hart dashed in to march Toure away from the melee.

Hart still needed help from Samir Nasri to quell Toure's rage as he risked a dismissal and one-match ban that would have ranked as the most senseless of the season, with Liverpool at Anfield next up.

Zabaleta conceded that Hart had saved the day.

"There was a bad challenge (by Ward-Prowse)," said City's right back.

"The players wanted to keep him (Toure) away because sometimes you can get angry. That's when it's important to have team-mates who can tell him to calm down.

"There was a danger he could have got a second yellow. It would have been a huge loss if we had to be without him for a game like Liverpool."

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