Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Karanka's Video Stars Know They Must Stick to His Script

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Karanka's Video Stars Know They Must Stick to His Script

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Byline: Anthony Vickers Sports writer anthony.vickers@trinitymirror.com

AITOR Karanka's video stars can set up a blockbuster season - if they don't fluff their lines.

With fixtures coming thick and fast and so much travelling for games, the coach does not always get the time he would like on the training pitch.

This week Boro have made a long midweek trip to Brentford and then, after a quick turn around, set off for Bristol City, both meaning overnight stays and taking precious time out of the training schedule needed to prepare specifically for the challenges of the next fixture.

So the boss uses detailed video clips on opposition tactics, set-plays and dangermen to help prepare his team "When you have two games a week, especially two away games, then it does not give you much time to prepare properly on the pitch," said the boss.

"For this reason video is really important for myself and my staff to prepare properly.

"I try to go into a game with as much information as possible for the players about the opponents. How can we attack them and how we can defend.

"I watch the last matches of the team we are due to play for hours and hours and hours and hours.

"It is important for me to know everything I can about the opponent, the strengths and weaknesses of the team and the individual players. That is key: To know the opponent.

"Myself and my staff watch the videos and that helps our analysis and our preparation."

Occasionally a player will get a private screening but usually the video of key aspects of the next game is central to a pre-match team meeting outlining what the boss expects to be the decisive tactical battles.

"Sometimes individual players get briefed," said Karanka.

"We may show a player video of the last game to fix mistakes.

"But to prepare for the following game we do the video in team meetings for everybody to know the important things. …

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