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Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka demands hard work from his players

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Aitor Karanka has told the club’s official website that their will be no time for rest for his promotion-chasing side as they look to bounce back from their defeat to Reading.

Karanka is demanding hard work from his team

Karanka is demanding hard work from his team

Middlesbrough have tipped by the bookies to win the Championship title this year and recorded seven wins in a row, before they fell to a disappointing defeat to the high-flying Royals before the international break.

Despite their good start to the season, the former Real Madrid assistant manager is refusing to get ahead of himself and insists that every game is going to be a challenge.

“We won seven games but if you start to think it is easy it will be difficult,” said Karanka as he prepares his side to host Fulham this weekend.

“After Reading we know how difficult it is and we have to take the last games as an example to keep going.

“We know we have to be ready. We have had time to take a break, but after Monday we don’t have one second to rest.”

While Boro fans have been happy with results so far many believe, along with the head coach and left-back George Friend, that they aren’t playing at their best just yet.

Karanka believes that his players and coaching staff may not have been completely focused on game’s due to transfer rumours circulating and they will now work harder to ensure that their is nothing but 100% effort from his side.

“We focus on the work we have to do.

“August is difficult because you are playing and trying to being some players in and send some out, and maybe some might not be thinking 100 per cent on the games because they are thinking about their future. The focus is different at that time.

“It’s for this reason I am glad we are here now and have that time to work on things.”

The Spaniard and his players will now focus their attentions on the up-and-coming fixtures as they look to go top of the Championship after cutting the gap between themselves and league leaders Brighton to just two points.

They host Fulham on Saturday before back-to-back away games facing Cardiff City and Wolves as they look to continue their strong start to the season.

Middlesbrough fans….Would do you make of Karanka’s comments? How do you feel about the up-and-coming games? Can you finally get back to the Premier League this time around? Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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