Mancini hails Tevez impact

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Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini insisted that striker Carlos Tevez is "no problem" in the dressing room, after the Argentine scored a hat trick to secure a 6-1 victory away to Norwich.

The Italian has given Tevez a lifeline to rescue his Manchester City career, and four goals in two games has helped revive his side's title challenge much to the delight of Mancini.

"What has happened is in the past. He is no problem in the training ground or dressing room," he told The Sun.

Tevez refused to warm up against Bayern Munich in September with City 2-0 down, which prompted Mancini to claim the forward's career at the Manchester club was "finished."

After a six-month absence the Argentine was reintroduced to the City side. He scored his first goal since his return against West Bromwich Albion, which he followed up with three at Norwich.

Midfielder Nigel De Jong described Tevez and strike partner Sergio Aguero's performances on Saturday as "a joy to watch". The Argentinian strike force scored five of the six goals at Norwich keeping the pressure on rivals Manchester United.

"I mean, if you play behind them and see how they play together, how they move together and play with each other.

"It's not just the two of them — there are other guys in the team as well — and I just think it's a joy to watch for every football player. In a way it's a relief to be on the same side as them," added De Jong.

Having sorted the situation with the wayward forward, Mancini now has to decide whether to give the unpredictable Mario Balotelli his chance at redemption.

"After the season we will see what can happen with the players," Mancini explained.

"It depends. I think it is important that we think about the next four games."

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