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Negredo in for Aguero as Mourinho opts for defensive Chelsea

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February 3, 2014 « LIVE - Manchester City v Chelsea | Chartbeat test »

Manchester City have made three changes to the side which thumped Tottenham ahead of their clash against Chelsea, while Jose Mourinho has opted for a defensive line-up at the Etihad.

With Sergio Aguero out for a month with a hamstring injury, Alvaro Negredo comes in to replace him, with Aleksandar Kolarov taking Gael Clichy's place in the team that defeated Spurs 5-1 in midweek. Fernandinho misses out with a muscle strain, manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed in his pre-match interview.

Chelsea meanwhile have left out Oscar, with Mourinho choosing to play a more defensive team against City, as David Luiz and Nemanja Matic both start in midfield.

Manchester City starting XI: Hart, Zabaleta, Kompany (c), Nastasic, Kolarov, Navas, Demichelis, Toure, Silva, Dzeko, Negredo.

Substitutes: Pantilimon, Boyata, Clichy, Milner, Rodwell, Lopes, Jovetic.

Chelsea starting XI:Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Luiz, Matic; Ramires, Willian, Hazard; Eto'o.

Substitutes: Schwarzer, Cole, Mikel, Lampard, Oscar, Salah, Ba

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