Middlesbrough Head Coach Aitor Karanka says his side have worked hard over the past few years to put themselves in a position to be able to play the likes of their opponents this weekend, Manchester City.

Boro travel to the Etihad looking to build on their first home win of the season last weekend against Bournemouth.

Aitor Karanka's side currently sit 15th in the Premier League, 13 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

Karanka told ITV Tyne Tees his team are looking forward to the match in Manchester.

Lining up for the Boro this weekend is striker Alvaro Negredo, who is well known to the blue half of Manchester.

Alvaro Negredo lines up against Manchester City this weekend Credit: Stephen Pond/EMPICS Sport

Negredo played for City for one season, winning both the Premier League title and the League Cup, before going on loan to Valencia at the beginning of the 14-15 season.

The Spanish striker joined Middlesbrough on loan at the beginning of this season and Karanka says it's a "big game" for his number 10 coming up against his old side.

It is a big game for Alvaro Negredo to go back to City. But for me, the best thing is to see how hard he is working for the team." "When Stewart Downing scored last weekend, he pointed to Alvaro to show the crowd the part he had to play in the goal." "Pep Guardiola is showing how good he is and his team is. But we have to think about how well we played at Arsenal and what we can do." >

Aitor Karanka, Middlesbrough Head Coach

After facing Manchester City on Saturday, Boro host Chelsea at the Riverside before a trip to the King Power stadium to take on current Premier League champions Leicester City.