Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero is relishing the prospect of linking up with compatriot Carlos Tevez in the title run-in.

Aguero said: "He will bring a lot to the party for what remains of the season.

"Through what happened and the situation that came about I've not had much chance to play with Carlos but what we have done between the three of us - myself, Mario and Edin - is to give a good account of ourselves in terms of goalscoring."

Aguero added: "We have done fairly well but I think it would be nice to have Carlos on board to add goals to the threesome, but it's down to the manager and hopefully he continues to pick me."

City's midweek win, in which Aguero also scored after Chelsea took the lead, lifted them back within a point of leaders Manchester United with nine games remaining.

With United not in action until Monday, they now have the opportunity to move back to the top as they travel to Stoke tonight.

Aguero said: "That's what it's all about in a title race, not giving up. We are fighting for the title, we have confidence.

"We're the sort of team who know if we go behind we can come back and win the game.

"We are playing well and we must carry on in that vain and concentrate on not letting more points go."

City famously beat Stoke in the FA Cup final last season to end a 35-year trophy drought.

The Potters were also crushed 3-0 at Eastlands last December but City are yet to win at the Britannia Stadium since Tony Pulis' notoriously physical side were promoted in 2008.

Mancini said: "Every game against Stoke is difficult, and when you play away it is more difficult.

"It is hard because they are a physical team, but it is time that we won at Stoke.

"To win we need a strong team that works hard and plays good football, better than we did against Chelsea and in the last few weeks.

"If we play good football we will have a good chance."

City still have defensive problems with captain Vincent Kompany a major doubt with a calf injury and Joleon Lescott already ruled out with a hip problem.