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Karanka: "No coach puts out 11 players to lose a game"

The Real Madrid second in command spoke to the press at a ceremony in Vitoria.


Real Madrid's second in command, Aitor Karanka, explained today in Vitoria that in his work he focuses only on the day to day events and pays no attention to the rumours about the team and about head coach José Mourinho.

Aitor Karanka was in his home town to receive the Gold Insignia from the Coaches Committee of Alavés, in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Mourinho's right hand man also took part in a chat together with other coaches from the Alaves region. The Madrid number two explained to the press that his attitude is "not to think about the future" and focus only the return to training of the club on 30 December. Karanka also said that he paid no attention to the rumours about the team, or concerning José Mourinho, and that he only pays attention to their contracts, that tie both of them to the club until 2016.

Talking about a hypothetical exit of the Portuguese coach and his possible future Karanka merely said that "when the times comes to make a decision", both the club and the coach will "look for a solution".

As to the decision to relegate Iker Casillas to the bench for the match against Málaga Karanka explained that it was a decision discussed by the coaching staff, and justified it by saying that "no coach puts out eleven players to lose a game".

He also mentioned the 16 point gap to rivals Barcelona that Madrid will be facing when they return to League business after the Christmas break, admitting that it would be difficult, but that he wouldn't give up the championship as already lost. Real Madrid will go out to "win every game" he said.

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