Karanka opens with triumph at Birmingham City

The Spanish coach's team beat Brentford 1-0, a team that was on the verge of promotion to the Premier last season.

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Aitor Karanka's Birmingham City achieved their first Championship win on matchday one. And he did it with a surprising victory for the rival in front of him: he beat Brentford 1-0, a team that reached the final of the playoff promotion to the Premier League in the last season.

The Spanish coach's team achieved 1-0 in the first half, the work of Jeremie Bela, and held on solidly during the second half, a great hallmark of Karanka. The Spanish Iván Sánchez and Jon Toral, newcomers this summer, were starters at Birmingham City, while Sergi Canós started at Brentford.

"I hope it is the first victory of many"

"It is a special day for our fans who cannot be here and at least, after six months, they can celebrate this victory with a pint. I hope it is the first victory of many" said the Spanish coach in statements to the Sky Sports network.

"If I'm satisfied with the team's performance, I'm even more satisfied and proud of the players. You can't imagine the feelings in the dressing room. The team hadn't won a game since February, we had a tough game last Saturday (in the elimination of the League Cup) and today is the first step we take in our work as a team, "he added.

"I couldn't even imagine that players like Jon Toral, Iván Sánchez or Lukas Jutkiewicz were going to be able to play for about 90 minutes because due to injury or vacation they have not been able to train enough in the last month. They have made a great effort. And all the Players who have been with us since the beginning of the season have been brilliant, "reflected Karanka. "It is only the first day. We need to improve a lot more. If we think we have had an incredible game, we have to think that we have to score a second goal and we will still bring more players, he pointed out."

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