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Kyiv v City: Team news and tactics

There are no real surprises in City’s starting XI this evening with Manuel Pellegrini making ten changes from the team beaten 5-1 at Chelsea.

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Bacary Sagna has overcome a knock to return to the right-back berth with Gael Clichy preferred at left-back.

Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Otamendi resume their central defensive partnership, with Brazilian duo Fernando and Fernandinho as holding midfielders.

That means a more advanced role for Yaya Toure with Raheem Sterling and David Silva behind Sergio Aguero in attack. Expect Yaya to take the central role, flanked by Silva and Sterling.

City: Hart, Sagna, Kompany (C), Otamendi, Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho, Toure, Silva, Sterling, Aguero

Subs: Caballero, Demichelis, Zabaleta, Mangala, Kolarov, Manu Garcia, Iheanacho

Sole survivor...

Fernando is the only player who started against Chelsea to start this evening - of the youngsters beaten at Stamford Bridge, Manu Garcia and Kelechi Iheanacho are on the bench with Eliaquim Mangala making a welcome return as a sub, too.

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Kyiv XI: Shovkovskiy (C), Danilo Silva, Dragovic, Vida, Khacheridi, Rybalka, Garmash, Gonzalez, Buyalskiy, Yarmolenko, Teodorczyk

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