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Karanka: 'Mourinho will learn from Chelsea woes'

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:

It's the first time that he is in that position.

But he's the best, he's the strongest and I'm sure that he's going to be successful again.

– Aitor Karanka, Head Coach of Middlesbrough FC

Chelsea travel to Stoke City in the Capital One Cup Fourth Round tonight.


Karanka feels sad for Mourinho but pleased for Real

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.