Not so soft anymore! Mancini talks up fire power of Aguero, Dzeko and Tevez just days after slating City's strikers
00:33 GMT, 31 December 2012
Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini is in no doubt his strike trio can fire the champions towards the Barclays Premier League title again.
Edin Dzeko was recalled to the starting XI at Norwich on Saturday and repaid his manager's faith with a quick-fire brace 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 leaders Manchester United.
Clinical: Sergio Aguero scored Manchester City's third against Norwich
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.
Mancini believes the ability to switch between such a potent frontline will be key for the battles ahead.
'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,' he said.
'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.'
The Italian had slated his strikers, and labelled them 'soft', for failing to score against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Boxing Day.
Mancini insists the current seven-point gap to United is 'not a problem', bearing in mind the position from which City went on to beat their fierce rivals in the dramatic conclusion to last season.
Lethal: Edin Dzeko scored twice to add to Aguero's chip
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And Dzeko believes 'nothing is finished' after feeling he went some way to proving a point against Norwich.
The Bosnian, who has often been utilised as an impact player from the bench, was unfortunate not to have sealed his industrious display with a hat-trick on 67 minutes, when his shot hit the post and then went into the net off the back of Norwich goalkeeper Mark Bunn.
'It is not the first time, but the manager gave me the chance to play and I think I paid him back,' Dzeko said. 'We will see what the future brings.'
Open: Mancini (left) believes City can claw back the seven points to catch Manchester United at the top