The manager has made use of his first clear week with the full squad since August after the highs and eventual low at Chelsea last weekend. The highs - our performance for 44 minutes. The low - the defeat.
“It’s been a good week, it was good to stop the ball and to spend time together, to work on different concepts which has been impossible before and to realise where we are and what we need to improve,” said Mauricio.
“We’ve spoken a lot, had meetings and the response of the players has been fantastic. Now we have to show we’re ready to compete against Swansea.”
Below: Mauricio previews Swansea with Spurs TV
Mauricio described Swansea’s 5-4 win against Palace as a ‘crazy game’ and although acknowledging what it might do for their confidence, felt it would matter little when the teams step out at the Lane.
“Every game is different and we just need to focus on the fact that they are a very good team with very good players, we know them well and it will be a very competitive game.”
Fernando Llorente struck twice for Swansea in that 5-4 win and is a player Mauricio knows well from La Liga, when Llorente was at Athletic Bilbao and Mauricio at Espanyol.
“He’s a fantastic player with the characteristics of when he’s playing well, what happened against Palace can happen,” he added. “It’s not only Fernando but Gylfi Sigurdsson as well, Jack Cork, Jordi Amat. It will be good to see them but we need to be focused and try to play better.
“We have a long way ahead and we need to work hard to try to achieve things at the end of the season.”