Roberto Mancini believes Manchester City have learned how to win games without iconic Carlos Tevez.
The Blues can move to within a point of securing Champions League football if they win at Everton, when they will again be without their 21-goal top scorer.
But after three victories on the trot since losing their skipper to a hamstring tear, Mancini feels the Blues have taken a big step forward in coping when one of their top players is not available.
“If we want to improve as a team and keep on winning then you have to play without important players like Carlos, Yaya Toure, or David Silva,” he said. “It’s important but also important you improve as a team.
“Carlos is an important player for us and has scored more than 20 goals this year.
“Without him we are missing a fantastic striker who scores a lot of goals, but we have built a team this year.
“We have bought a lot of good players. When we are missing one or two important players we have a team, we always have a team.
“United played eight or nine different players against Schalke from the side that will play against Chelsea.
“If you want to win you want to win like this. When you can make these changes you can still also play to win, like them.”