Last Updated: Sun, 02 Dec 2012 08:11
Roberto Mancini says his strikers have to rediscover their touch in front of goal following Saturday's draw with Everton.
City had to settle for a share of the points with a 1-1 draw against Everton at the Etihad Stadium and although Carlos Tevez scored the equaliser from the penalty spot, Mancini is alarmed with the form of his strikers.
City are now three points behind leaders Manchester United going into next weekend's derby clash and Mancini hopes his glut of striking talent soon find their shooting boots again.
"In this moment we are not very strong with our strikers. We need them to score more goals," Mancini revealed. "They are four top strikers but this can happen during the season.
"It is important they work hard like they worked today. Dzeko, Tevez, Sergio (Aguero), Mario (Balotelli) - in this moment we are like this but I think we will solve this problem."
Meanwhile, Mancini has also defended his decision to take off Tevez, something which did not go down well the fans, who vented their anger at the decision.
"I have my reason for this. I am not stupid. I understand the supporters," he added. "For the supporters, if I put on four strikers and take off four defenders, they are happy. But football is not (like) this.
"Everton can score only on set-pieces. I needed one or two players that could also help the defenders in this situation. I also thought that Dzeko could score one goal in that moment, not because Carlo played worse than Dzeko. Carlo played very well."
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