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Scott Trotter

Confirmed Chelsea lineup vs Manchester City as Kepa decision made, Joao Felix benched

Frank Lampard has made five changes to his Chelsea side as they appear to revert to a back three for their trip to Manchester City.

Kepa Arrizabalaga returns in goal after Edouard Mendy featured in goal for the first time since Lampard's return against Nottingham Forest. The Senegal international was at fault for Taiwo Awoniyi's opening goal at Stamford Bridge and has to settle for a place on the bench.

Fellow Spaniard Cesar Azpilicueta starts for the first time since defeat to Arsenal, as Benoit Badiashile drops out of the squad after picking up a groin injury in training. The Chelsea captain appears to be playing at wing-back with Wesley Fofana returning to the lineup to make a back three alongside Thiago Silva and Trevoh Chalobah, while Lewis Hall takes the left flank.

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Mateo Kovacic is out of the Chelsea squad after picking up an injury against Forest, and Enzo Fernandez is joined by Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Conor Gallagher in the centre of the pitch. Raheem Sterling keeps his place following last week's brace and joins Kai Havertz high up the pitch with the German international pushing Joao Felix to the bench,

Chelsea XI: Kepa, Fofana, Silva, Chalobah, Azpilicueta, Loftus-Cheek, Fernandez, Gallagher, Hall, Sterling, Havertz.

Subs: Mendy, Koulibaly, Chukwuemeka, Madueke, Mudryk, Pulisic, Ziyech, Fofana, Felix.


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