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Bamford: Karanka a lot like Chelsea boss Mourinho

Striker Patrick Bamford believes Aitor Karanka is similar in style to his Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

Bamford, who scored in the 2-0 win over Manchester City on Saturday, is currently working under the Basque boss at Middlesbrough, where he is on loan from Chelsea.

Karanka was formerly Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid, before both men left the Spanish capital in 2013.

Aitor Karanka, left, and Jose Mourinho, right, worked together at Real Madrid. Credit: PA

"Training is very similar and the big thing is the desire to win. You could see that on Saturday - the passion, every detail is in there.

"He doesn't miss out a thing and he is very rigorous with his approach to every single game, whether it is Manchester City or whoever else we might play.

"Even if it was a lower-league team in the cup, it would be the same approach. It is all about winning."


Aston Villa get better of second string Bournemouth

Carles Gil arrived from Valencia recently. Credit: PA

A goal on his full Aston Villa debut from Carles Gil was followed by a Andi Weimann strike to ensure the Premier League team made it through.

Eddie Howe made eight changes to his team, as he prioritises promotion to the top-flight. Gil netted a wonderful goal, cutting in from the right, before curling the ball into the top corner from the edge of the area.

Weimann ensure Villa scored twice in a game for just the second time since August.

Calum Wilson did pull one back in injury-time, but it wasn't enough for it Championship team.

Aston Villa (Weimann) 2-0 Bournemouth

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