Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka and former assistant to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid says he still thinks like his former boss.
The 41-year-old was appointed No 2 at Madrid when Mourinho arrived in June 2010 and spent three years at the Santiago Bernabeu before leaving the club following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti, who brought in his own coaching staff.
Named Boro boss in November 2013, Karanka says he is still influenced by Mourinho’s methods – from his thorough preparation to the size of his squad and rotation policy.
“Being with Jose for three years, I learnt to think the same as him,” said Karanka in an interview published by FIFA.com.
“If you want to be successful you have to be meticulous. The big wins come from little details. I don’t like a large squad because you have a big difference between the good players and those who aren’t good enough.
“We have at least 50 games. With 21 or 22 players all of them need to be ready. But you can learn from everybody, always. The day you think you know everything you are finished.
“Being a player and a manager is completely different. When you are a player you only think of yourself but when you are a manager you need to think of everybody.
“Jose always said victory has a lot of parents and the defeats just one. Now I understand!” he admitted.