Trailing 3-0 from the first leg last week, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s wonder strike midway through the first half ended any lingering hopes of a comeback as it meant we needed five goals on the night to progress.
The same player made it 2-0 on 71 minutes before a consolation goal in the tie as Heung-Min Son capitalised on Neven Subotic’s mistake to slot home for 2-1 on the night and 5-1 on aggregate in the Round of 16 tie.
“I’m happier than I was last week in Germany,” stated Mauricio. “I think our performance improved a lot and we were a little unlucky because their (first) goal was unbelievable and that was at a moment where we were managing the game.
“We competed well and we need to take positives. I’m disappointed, yes, but I feel proud of our players.
“They have put in a massive effort from the beginning of the season and we’re now in a position in the table where we can try to win every game and try to fight for the Premier League.
“So for now, we need to take the positives and be ready for Sunday.”
Below: Mauricio speaks to Spurs TV
As always, the supporters weren’t far from Mauricio’s mind - they certainly played their part despite such a tricky situation in the overall tie, with a couple of renditions of ‘Oh When The Spurs…’ memorably belting out around the stadium.
“I feel disappointed for them because they were excited but it was difficult for us,” added Mauricio. “I’m sure the fans will be with us on Sunday as we try to get the three points.”
Next up, Bournemouth in the Premier League at the Lane on Sunday (4pm).