Boro boss: We’re out to copy Clarets

This Is Lancashire: Aitor Karanka wants to follow the lead of Danny Ings and company Aitor Karanka wants to follow the lead of Danny Ings and company

NEW Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka has labelled Burnley as the blueprint for his club to follow.

The Spaniard is still getting to grips with the Championship just six weeks after succeeding Tony Mowbray at the Riverside.

But leaders Burnley have already made an impression on the former Real Madrid defender and assistant manager, with the 40-year-old commending the Clarets’ team ethic as the key to their success story in the first half of the season.

“Burnley are a good example for Middlesbrough to follow,” said Karanka.

“When I was a player, I quickly learned that you can have some very good players in your squad, but if you do not play as a team, that is not very good.

“I prefer to have a very good team rather than a collection of talented individuals, and Burnley seem to have that team relationship.

“We are building that, and we are training to build a team. I think we are getting there, but we have to win the games to prove it.”

Burnley face a Middlesbrough side who have lost only twice at home this season and have failed to score only three times in 21 Championship games, but have struggled for consistency with former boss Mowbray laying the emphasis on attack under his watch.

Much like Sean Dyche when he took charge of the Clarets part way through last season, Karanka is playing a patient game in building from the back.

And having seen the Turf Moor transformation, the Boro boss, whose Riverside record stands at played six, won two, drawn one and lost three, is confident they can reap the rewards.

“My first thought is always about my team,” he added.

“We have played against Leeds, Brighton and Derby – teams who are well up in the table – and if we can push those teams all the way, which we did, there is no reason why we cannot beat Burnley.

“I know it will be a tough game because Burnley have a very good team, and that is the most important word. They are a team.

“Sometimes, you can have a lot of good players, but it will not work if they are not a team.

“Burnley definitely play as a team and that is coming through in their results and performances.”

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8:38am Tue 24 Dec 13

xsblue says...

just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.
just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt. xsblue

9:50am Tue 24 Dec 13

Chris P Bacon says...

xsblue wrote:
just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.
Well I've just read 'only the petty-minded and immature like to spread nasty rumours for their own ends' by Kierkegaard. xsblue (sic), you ARE nowt!
[quote][p][bold]xsblue[/bold] wrote: just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.[/p][/quote]Well I've just read 'only the petty-minded and immature like to spread nasty rumours for their own ends' by Kierkegaard. xsblue (sic), you ARE nowt! Chris P Bacon

10:19am Tue 24 Dec 13

McClaret says...

Ok we'll take Soldado on loan then. Always another Turkey at Christmas, only one team top
Ok we'll take Soldado on loan then. Always another Turkey at Christmas, only one team top McClaret

10:24am Tue 24 Dec 13

u owe u owe says...

E would be better looking at his own club, are they doing a buy one get two free offer?
And who would by rola cola, when you can get 'the real thing!'
E would be better looking at his own club, are they doing a buy one get two free offer? And who would by rola cola, when you can get 'the real thing!' u owe u owe

12:45pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mjp 53 says...

xsblue wrote:
just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.
Well let me assure you,you cannot read then. Mr Sherwood will be raiding his old cub Rovers for the likes of Rhodes and Hanley as you lot have to sell to buy, whereas we dont have to sell. See the difference, now Merry Christmas from the top team in the Championship.
[quote][p][bold]xsblue[/bold] wrote: just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.[/p][/quote]Well let me assure you,you cannot read then. Mr Sherwood will be raiding his old cub Rovers for the likes of Rhodes and Hanley as you lot have to sell to buy, whereas we dont have to sell. See the difference, now Merry Christmas from the top team in the Championship. mjp 53

12:47pm Tue 24 Dec 13

mjp 53 says...

McClaret wrote:
Ok we'll take Soldado on loan then. Always another Turkey at Christmas, only one team top
The only turkeys that are getting stuffed this year are down at Bolliwood.
[quote][p][bold]McClaret[/bold] wrote: Ok we'll take Soldado on loan then. Always another Turkey at Christmas, only one team top[/p][/quote]The only turkeys that are getting stuffed this year are down at Bolliwood. mjp 53

1:06pm Tue 24 Dec 13

RobH2O says...

Well, you would wouldn't you.
Well, you would wouldn't you. RobH2O

1:09pm Tue 24 Dec 13

RobH2O says...

xsblue wrote:
just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.
One of your little wishes for Santa's visit. You and all your other 14,000 family members. There's a game that all the family can play and it leads to offspring who are bitter and six fingered. Double-take! That's me! cries xsblue.
[quote][p][bold]xsblue[/bold] wrote: just read ings wanted by spurs new boss sir tim sherwood,kin dingles, you`ll win nowt.[/p][/quote]One of your little wishes for Santa's visit. You and all your other 14,000 family members. There's a game that all the family can play and it leads to offspring who are bitter and six fingered. Double-take! That's me! cries xsblue. RobH2O

1:37pm Tue 24 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

Whats the world coming to?
We've got Boro wanting to imitate Burnley
and Burnley imitating Villa
This christmas turkey has been mechanically reclaimed like a bernard mathews turkey roast, beaks n arseholes
Burnley, faking it since 1882 and taking a good stuffing for 35 years
Whats the world coming to? We've got Boro wanting to imitate Burnley and Burnley imitating Villa This christmas turkey has been mechanically reclaimed like a bernard mathews turkey roast, beaks n arseholes Burnley, faking it since 1882 and taking a good stuffing for 35 years FakeVilla_MTCabinet

2:21pm Thu 26 Dec 13

soulboy1 says...

FakeVilla_MTCabinet wrote:
Whats the world coming to?
We've got Boro wanting to imitate Burnley
and Burnley imitating Villa
This christmas turkey has been mechanically reclaimed like a bernard mathews turkey roast, beaks n arseholes
Burnley, faking it since 1882 and taking a good stuffing for 35 years
How can we have been taking a good stuffing for 35 years? We did not play each other for 20 of those years. Of course if NOT playing a team counts as stuffing them, it must mean that you have stuffed Liverpool , Man Utd, Man City , Chelsea , Arsenal and Everton already this season and you are now sitting proudly at the summit of the Premier League. Please share your medication. It must be really good stuff as it sends you into a complete world of fantasy.
[quote][p][bold]FakeVilla_MTCabinet[/bold] wrote: Whats the world coming to? We've got Boro wanting to imitate Burnley and Burnley imitating Villa This christmas turkey has been mechanically reclaimed like a bernard mathews turkey roast, beaks n arseholes Burnley, faking it since 1882 and taking a good stuffing for 35 years[/p][/quote]How can we have been taking a good stuffing for 35 years? We did not play each other for 20 of those years. Of course if NOT playing a team counts as stuffing them, it must mean that you have stuffed Liverpool , Man Utd, Man City , Chelsea , Arsenal and Everton already this season and you are now sitting proudly at the summit of the Premier League. Please share your medication. It must be really good stuff as it sends you into a complete world of fantasy. soulboy1

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