Patrick Vieira says Manchester City won't be distracted by the Carlos Tevez saga, insisting the club's strikers will deliver in the absence of the Argentine hitman.
After being fined and suspended by the club, Tevez has subsequently refused to return to training following the international break, with the club considering legal action against the forward.
On the pitch, Eden Dzeko, Sergio Aguero and Mario Balotelli's goals have propelled City to the top of the Barclays Premier League, proof as far as Vieira's concerned that the squad aren't be affected by the off the field scandal.
"The players have responded really well," Vierira said.
"Everybody is currently focused on their jobs and all credit to the players because they've been working hard, like I've said, and up front, players like Edin, Aguero, Mario are scoring goals and it's really good for us.
"I think it's really difficult to talk about the Carlos Tevez situation because the inquiry is going on and it's not really good to get involved," Vieria added.
"But of course, the club is where its at the moment because I think Carlos Tevez really contributed to that situation. Last year, Carlos scored goals for the club when it's been fantastic for the football club."