Stakes were as high as ever for this latest N17-N5 encounter and as always, the game delivered.
We pushed Arsenal back at the start but the visitors opened the scoring with their first meaningful attack through Aaron Ramsey on 39 minutes.
Jolted by that, we came out firing again in the second half and seized out chance when Francis Coquelin was sent off on 55 minutes.
Toby Alderweireld soon equalised and Harry Kane struck a beauty for 2-1 just after the hour.
However, Arsenal found a response and levelled through Alexis Sanchez on 76 minutes.
“The feeling at the end is not so good but we have to be proud of our players,” said Mauricio. “The effort was fantastic and it has been from the beginning of the season.”
What were your thoughts on the game?
Mauricio: “We started really well, dominated and pushed them to play deeper on the counter-attack. We were unlucky to concede a goal with their first attempt. It’s true, it was difficult to come back from there and turn the result around. When we scored the second goal we were in a good position but it is Arsenal in front of us, they have some good players and you can concede.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
It was a match of highs and lows – what’s the feeling overall?
Mauricio: “You feel a little disappointed because in the last few minutes we wanted to score again yet we (knew we) could concede some chances. It’s always difficult to play against 10 men as well. We need to feel proud and pleased with the effort of the players. Now we need to keep working hard, we’re in a good position, we’ve kept the distance from Arsenal and it’s in our hands.”
It’s another huge week with Borussia Dortmund on the horizon…
Mauricio: “We move on and now it’s another big game against Dortmund. I repeat what I’ve said in the last few days, we’re not a machine and the effort has been fantastic this season. We need to give the players full credit because of the way they work and behave is fantastic.”