The players were back in training on Sunday, the morning after our 2-0 loss at Arsenal in the first north London derby of the season.
Speaking on Monday, just before the squad flew out to Germany, Mauricio told us about the mood in the camp back at Hotspur Way. “The players were still disappointed about the result, of course,” he said.
“That was our first time (Mauricio’s first league derby loss) in three-and-a-half years and yes, you feel bad and very disappointed. The effort was massive from the players trying to get a good result but we’re very disappointed for different reasons.
“Now we have to keep going and get ready for Borussia Dortmund. Okay, we’re already in the next stage of the competition but we want to win and try to change the feeling we have from the weekend.”
Our magnificent 3-1 win against holders Real Madrid last time out secured a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League and we travel to Dortmund unbeaten in four matches so far.
Mauricio saw this quick turnaround between matches as a positive as we chase top spot in Group H.
He added: “It’s always important to compete and to be focused on the next game and when you lose, it’s important to play as soon as possible to change that feeling.”