Karanka savours spe­cial mo­ment at City

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NO ONE will have savoured the fact that Mid­dles­brough’s 1-1 draw with Manch­ester City at the Eti­had Sta­dium fol­lowed just four days af­ter Barcelona’s 3-1 de­feat there more than vis­it­ing man­ager Ai­tor Karanka.

As Jose Mour­inho’s as­sis­tant at Real Madrid, the Spa­niard sat op­po­site Pep Guardi­ola in many “Cla­si­cos” and added spice to the build-up at the Eti­had Sta­dium by sug­gest­ing that his for­mer boss was su­pe­rior to City’s man­ager in most re­spects.

But Karanka is start­ing to earn his own plau­dits with Mid­dles­brough fol­low­ing last sea­son’s pro­mo­tion and now suc­ces­sive away draws at Arse­nal and City.

The nor­mally dead­pan Boro man­ager was al­most an­i­mated at the end of the game af­ter Mar­tin de Roon equalised with a stop­page-time header, hail­ing his team’s re­silience in turn­ing the game round.

Karanka must take credit for chang­ing the course of a game in which City had 19 chances on tar­get in the first half and none in the sec­ond.

“It was an amaz­ing re­sult be­cause in the first half we went on to the pitch with too much re­spect for them,” said Karanka, whose side rose to 14th in the ta­ble.

“I told them at half­time we weren’t just there to de­fend and that we could play like we did in the sec­ond half. I was pleased with our per­for­mance.

“Two weeks ago at Arse­nal was more dif­fi­cult than to­day be­cause Arse­nal didn’t score and we were or­gan­ised. Our re­ac­tion was re­ally good and it is a big step to show­ing how good we are.” – Reuters

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