City have started the campaign impressively but Mauricio echoed Harry Kane’s view that we will take the game to Manuel Pellegrini’s men, especially on home soil.
“Yes, this is important, our mentality to compete in this game,” said Mauricio. “It’s true they have great players but we are a team with quality as well and we can play face-to-face against them.
“Our mentality is important and we need to show that we can compete and try to win the game.”
Mauricio admitted the players were ‘sad’ on Thursday after Wednesday’s derby loss against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
“It’s true we were all sad the day after (the derby) because when you lose the derby, it’s always a bad thing,” he said. “In football, it’s impossible to stop, you need to be ready for the next day.
“City have made a good start and this is an important game for us. We are ready for this game.”