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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini commented on his injury misfortune last night after his side’s 1-0 defeat at home to Chelsea.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, the Chilean said, “We had clear chances to score at least two goals but didn’t do it, and they had two or three shots against the post.
“It was a very close game to play against Chelsea without Aguero and Fernandinho.
“It’s important to note that we were missing them, also Nasri and Javi Garcia. We had to change the midfield.”
That said, City still had an experienced team on the pitch, and they will be left to rue the chances they did waste.
How they could have done with a player tipped for a deadline-day move – FC Porto’s Fernando. But it is now being reported that the failure of that transfer to go through scuppered Jack Rodwell’s return to Everton.
The Sun reports that the Toffees had agreed a deal for the midfielder, only for City to pull the plug when no move was forthcoming for Fernando.
Eight teams will take part, with Liverpool and Manchester United joining the Blues from England.
Real Madrid, AC Milan, Roma, Inter Milan and Olympiakos will also be involved.
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