Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka, speaking after his side’s home defeat against Chelsea, pointed out his pleasure with the performance showed despite the disappointing score.
“Playing against a team like Chelsea, we knew it was going to be a tough game. Once again, we showed we can compete against the best teams in the league and once again one mistake cost us – the Spaniard stated – You can’t be pleased when you lose a game, particularly at home, but I’m really pleased with the attitude of the players because once again they played the way we have performed in the last month, month and a half”.
Then Karanka added: “To concede a goal from a set piece is a mistake, but I don’t want to blame any player because we win as a team and we lose as a team.”
About Premier League leaders Chelsea: “They defend together, they are really dangerous in transition, they have a lot of quality in different ways. We knew everything before the game and we were almost perfect, but to not lose against this team you have to do it 100 percent, not one mistake.”