LONDON (Sporting Alert) — Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has handed defender Martin Demichelis a Premier League debut, while Ashley Cole returns for Chelsea in today’s English Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
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Demichelis will play alongside Matija Nastasic at center-back, while Pablo Zabaleta and Gael Clichy start as well, as Pellegrini returns to a back four.
Samir Nasri starts in midfield, alongside David Silva and Yaya Toure, which means that only one striker will be played – that man is the on form Sergio Aguero, with Alvaro Negredo dropped to the bench.
In Chelsea team news, manager Jose Mourinho has recalled Cole, who is back from injury, while Gary Cahill partners John Terry in the heart of the defense.
Fernando Torres leads the attack with Oscar, Eden Hazard and Andre Schurrle all starting in support.
Samuel Eto’o, Juan Mata, David Luiz and Willian all start on the bench.
Chelsea v Manchester City
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Schurrle, Oscar, Hazard, Torres
Subs: Luiz, Mikel, Willian, Schwarzer, Azpilicueta, Eto’o, Mata
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Nastasic, Clichy, Javi Garcia, Fernandinho, Nasri, Toure, Silva, Aguero
Subs: Richards, Milner, Negredo, Dzeko, Kolarov, Jesus Navas, Pantilimon
Referee: Howard Webb