Mauricio could barely remember his actions as those emotions ran high in the seconds after Victor Wanyama marked his home debut with the winner in the 83rd minute against Crystal Palace.
“I don’t remember if I ran or not,” beamed the manager after we registered our first win at the second attempt in the 2016-17 Premier League.
“It’s emotion. We were very close to scoring in the first half, the second half the same and when you score in the 84th minute it’s impossible to keep calm. Toni (Jimenez, GK coach) worse than me. He’ll get an injury! Jesus (Perez, assistant) is more calm, he just runs a lot in training sessions!”
On the importance of the win
Mauricio: "It’s very important for us, a massive victory. It’s true it’s at the beginning but it’s always important to put that pressure away. I remember last season we needed to work hard to get the first victory, now it’s important to follow up in the week and try to be ready to compete next week."
All about belief
Mauricio: "Win late or early, it’s a win, I’m happy and very pleased with the performance of our players. It was a difficult game from the beginning because we created a lot of chances but couldn’t score. The most important thing is belief, always. We didn’t give up, we fought until the last minutes and it’s for that reason we scored and won the three points."
Mauricio: "We know Victor very well and he can score at set-pieces, he’s strong. It’s good that different players can score, not just our strikers, but our midfielders as well and they can help the team."
On the fans
Mauricio: "Our supporters were great today and the combination was fantastic between the players and our people. Full credit to the players. It was also important for our new players Victor and Vincent to feel the love from our supporters."