City tactics will change – Mancini

The City boss has often deployed club captain Carlos Tevez as a

lone frontman this season, preferring instead to pack the midfield.

Argentine strike ace Tevez has not taken too kindly to being asked

to plug away on his own, with the fiery South American becoming

embroiled in a dressing room bust-up with his manager during

Sunday’s meeting with Newcastle. Mancini, though, is standing by

his selection policy, insisting he is doing the best he can with

those available to him. With a number of key men sidelined, or

working their way back to full fitness, he has called on his

players to be patient as he pieces together his strongest starting

XI. The Italian has hinted that he will adopt a more direct

approach once the Eastlands treatment room has emptied, reassuring

Tevez that he will soon have a partner to help carry the

goalscoring burden. “It’s out of necessity,” said Mancini on his

current tactics. “Emmanuel Adebayor has just recovered from injury,

but Mario Balotelli hasn’t. “And without flying full-backs like

Jerome Boateng and Aleksandar Kolarov, who can push forward, I’ve

had to adjust the team to get results. But only until everyone is

back and fit.”