Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was 'happy' after Middlesbrough's Capital One Cup win over Manchester United, according to Boro boss Aitor Karanka.
The Middlesbrough Head Coach, who worked as Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid, said he spoke to the Chelsea boss after Wednesday's dramatic penalty shootout win at Old Trafford.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says close friend Jose Mourinho will learn from his recent struggles with Chelsea.
The Premier League champions won the title at a canter last season, but are currently 15th in the table this term after suffering five defeats from their opening ten games.
However Karanka, who was Mourinho's assistant at Real Madrid, thinks the Portuguese will come back even stronger from the experience. He said:
Chelsea travel to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup Fourth Round tonight.
Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka says he feels sad for Jose Mourinho that Chelsea didn't qualify for the UEFA Champions League final, but he is pleased that Real Madrid did.
The 40-year-old worked as Mourinho's assistant manager at Real Madrid between 2010 to 2013. Karanka also spent five years as a player with the Spanish giants between 1997 and 2002.
Chelsea were knocked out at the semi-final stage after losing 3-1 to Atletico Madrid last night. While Real Madrid had already guaranteed their place in the final with a 5-0 aggregate victory over Bayern Munich. Karanka says he believes his former club will go on to be crowned champions of Europe.