Aitor Karanka was pleased with his Boro team after drawing with Premier League Champions Leicester City for the second time this season.

In a game of few clear-cut chances, Gaston Ramirez and Alvaro Negredo went closest for the home side. 

"After a tough defeat on Saturday it was another difficult game," Karanka said.

"Today they are a direct opponent in the table, but we can't forget that they are the Champions. 

"They are playing in the Champions League and they have an amazing team.

"We were better than them away from home, and once again we played better than them today."

Although Boro couldn't claim all three points on the day, Karanka says he is happy with the level of his side's performance over a busy festive schedule.

"We did everything to win the game and we had chances to score - but unfortunately, we couldn't take them," he said.

"The last two games, for me the performances have been really good so we have to keep going.

"If we don't score goals it is important to keep clean sheets and we did that today. 

"It is going to be a tough season but once again, playing this way we will win games."

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