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13 August 2018

Aitor Karanka said his team will go out to win tomorrow’s Carabao Cup clash with Bury but revealed that he may make changes to his side.

After three games in the first week of the season, Karanka admits that he is tempted to rotate his squad to give game time to players who are itching to get on the pitch.

He said: "I know if I will change the team or not, but the players don't know yet. The only thing that I know is that me and my staff are preparing the game in the same way as if we were playing against a Championship team.

"The games for us always are the same, they are of the same importance for us and we are all trying to do our best for tomorrow. We will play with the same intensity as it is important to win the game and we need to show that we want to win it. The players who will play will, for sure, do their best.

"Every single game for me is important. I want to win every single game because I don't know the way to prepare for a game not to win.

"When we play against Bury tomorrow, I am preparing in a way to win the game and if we go through and play against Man Utd or Man City for example, I will prepare for the game in the same way."

Karanka said that he learned a lot from playing against Oldham in pre-season and expects his players to have taken that on board when they come up against The Shakers.

"It will be a tough game," he said. "Bury is a League Two team but they will want to beat us. It is a good opportunity for them to show that there is not a big gap between them and us. We have the experience in pre-season when we played against Oldham; if we don't go with our best we will have a problem.

"I hope that we have learned from that game against Oldham and we will go to the pitch in a better way tomorrow.

"I expect us to play in the same way as we did against West Brom. We are at home, we like to play and with a few players rested we can still play our style.

"It was difficult on Saturday after the game against West Brom to play our style, but tomorrow with the new faces we can play our style."


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