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No January strengthening of strike force says Man City's Mancini

Despite admitting his attack was 'soft' on Boxing Day, Roberto Mancini has no plans to strengthen his strike force this January.

The reigning champions have struggled in front of goal in recent times with Mancini heavily criticising his sides inability to score goals after Wednesday's 1-0 loss at Sunderland.

However, the Italian is not about to make any rash moves in the winter transfer window as his City team look to bridge a seven-point gap with league leaders Manchester United.

"We still have a big problem that we don't score, and we need to change," he told then Manchester Evening News.

"Maybe we need to play without a striker, or with just one striker. We need to do something. If we want to win this championship we need to score like we did last year.

"We have top strikers, but maybe we are too soft when we get a chance because we think we have good players and maybe we feel we will score the next chance that comes along.

"We have four top strikers, and it is time that those top strikers started to score. That is what they are there for, to score goals."

He said of potential transfer activity in January: "We can't keep thinking of bringing players in. We have a good team, good strikers, but we need them to be strong when they get a chance."

City's attackers - Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli - have scored just one four goals between them in the past nine outings in all competitions.

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