Aitor Karanka is hoping that Boro can replicate the same form that brought success last season on the back of this week's training camp in Spain.
 
The squad jetted off for a similar training week away in the sun this time 12 months ago and Karanka believes tightening the already strong togetherness can be beneficial to his players once again.
 
"The main thing is to be together," he said. 
 
"At this point of the season we've done this before and I think now when you have four months to finish it's always good to spend days together. 
 
"When you're at home you train and go home, here we train, we spend 24 hours together and with the new players we have as well the main thing is to make this group stronger."

"The biggest difference is after training we have lunch together, we share time together in the meeting room, and the players are together, and it's good for the group. 
 
"When you are together 24 hours a day you speak about everything. How we started, how we are now, and for the future. The only way is to keep together and to fight together."
 
With Rudy Gestede, Patrick Bamford and Adlene Guedioura all in Spain on their first trip since joining in January, the Head Coach says his intention is to help the latest additions acclimatise to life with their new teammates. 
 
"When you arrive to a new place and you are at the training ground you go home and don't spend a lot of time with your teammates," said Karanka.
 
"I think it's important for them [new signings] to feel how strong this group is and why we've been good over the last three years. 
 
"We don't have players who cost 100m or 80m and our big thing is how strong this group is."