“Those players are like the spine of the team,” said Zabaleta. “Joe Hart, David Silva, Kompany, Yaya and Sergio. They are the main players of this team.
“Vinny has been out for long periods, Silva the same, we lost Aguero with a bad injury too. You need your best players in their best form if you are going to be a strong team.
“From now until the end is the time when we have to work hard, push together.
“We’ve got big games coming up and there is still a great chance for this football club to have success at the end of it.
“Now we must focus on the Capital One Cup final on Sunday.”