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2nd Dec, 2016 | 5:25pm

Toure axed in Guardiola 4-2-3-1: Manchester City best possible XI to face Chelsea

By Emma Sanders

Yaya Toure should be dropped for Manchester City’s clash against Chelsea on Saturday because his positioning may be exploited by the Blues’ midfield.

Toure can leave too much space behind him in midfield, which would play into Chelsea’s hands so he should be left out of the starting XI, while Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva return in attack.

The Spaniard should take up the number 10 role behind the club’s top goalscorer Serio Aguero, while De Bruyne takes up his usual position out wide as part of a front three.

Raheem Sterling should retain his place on the opposite wing despite picking up a knock in the 2-1 victory against Burnley last Saturday.

City will hope to use Sterling’s pace against the three-man Chelsea defence and he could exploit their weakness which is Gary Cahill on the right-hand side of the back three.

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Ilkay Gundogan should also receive another call-up in the holding midfield role alongside Fernandinho who has been in great form so far this season.

John Stones should return to the back four alongside Nicolas Otamendi at centre-back as Vincent Kompany remains sidelined through injury.

Aleksandar Kolorov should return to left-back despite playing centrally against Burnley and Bacary Sagna should line-up in his usual role at right-back.

Claudio Bravo is the obvious choice for the number one spot.

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