Mancini backs his deadly duo

City boss confident his captain will be fit for the start of the term

Roberto Mancini: Manchester City manager happy with his striking options

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Roberto Mancini is confident the partnership of Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez can help Manchester City retain the Premier League title.

Both players were on target for City in their 3-1 win over a Malaysia as they continue their preparation for the new season.

After the game, the City boss faced questions about his team's prospects of trumping their cross city rivals Manchester United again, and he was bullish about his team's chances.

Partnership

"We were confident two weeks ago and I'm even more confident today. Sergio played very well and his partnership with Carlos has continued from last season," he said.

"They scored a goal each today which is good. Sergio also played in the wide position today but still produced the goods. Hopefully we can continue his good form in the coming season."

City skipper Vincent Kompany returned home early from the tour after picking up a knock.

Not serious

However, Mancini has played down concerns about the fitness of the Belgium international and expects him to be fit when the season commences.

"It's nothing serious. He had a scan and should be fit to play against Chelsea in the Charity Shield in two weeks' time," he added.

"I'm happy we didn't have any injuries today despite playing two matches in four days. It is difficult but the players are alright now."