There was certainly a feeling of what might have been amid the despondency in the tunnel area.
We had more shots, more possession, a corner count of 11-1 in our favour and controlled the game for long periods yet still came away on the wrong end of the 4-2 scoreline.
We came from behind twice as Harry Kane (18 minutes) and Dele Alli (52) cancelled out Willian’s free-kick and penalty but we couldn’t get our noses in front. Eden Hazard struck a huge blow with the third for Chelsea on 75 minutes and when Nemanja Matic hit a thunderbolt into the top corner from 35 yards for 4-2, you knew that was that.
“It’s difficult,” said Mauricio. “First of all, we congratulate our opponent and then, yes, it’s a bad feeling and we’re all disappointed because we deserved more.
“We played well but they were clinical and when you are clinical in football it’s so difficult to win, and they were more clinical than us. We played the football and played in an exciting way, but it wasn’t enough to win the game.
“If you then look how we conceded, we’re a little unlucky. It was always when we were showing a better performance than Chelsea. These are the things you cannot control. They shoot and score (the free-kick), the penalty, the first corner we concede another goal and the fourth, after 100 shots maybe you would never score again in that way. That was against us.
“We feel disappointed but now we move on. This is a normal thing that happens in football. To be here fighting against a side like Chelsea, and fighting for the Premier League are important things for us.
“We will move on. The motivation is always there and we will find it again because it’s our passion to play football.”