Football - Mancini sings praises of strike trio

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes he has three of the best strikers in the business.

PA Sport

While Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Javier Hernandez have been grabbing much of the attention, leading Manchester United clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League, Mancini has warned that champions City have their own lethal trio.

Edin Dzeko was recalled to the starting XI at Norwich on Saturday and repaid his manager's faith with a quick-fire double to put the visitors 2-0 up inside four minutes.

Argentina forward Sergio Aguero was also on target in the 4-3 win, which was achieved despite the dismissal of midfielder Samir Nasri and kept City seven points behind United.

Carlos Tevez was left warming the bench at Carrow Road but could come back into contention for the home game with Stoke on New Year's Day.

Where the erratic Mario Balotelli fits in is for Mancini to decide but the former Inter Milan boss is enjoying the sight of Dzeko, Aguero and Tevez terrorising defences.

He said: "We changed against Norwich because we played three games in six days and needed to have fresh players but we are sure that all of our strikers can start to score like they did here.

"We have won games with Carlos and Aguero, Edin and Carlos, Aguero and Edin; all these three players, if they work hard like this, they can score important goals for the season."

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