“We need our supporters to bring their best energy,” said Mauricio, who often tells us how our young team can feed off the atmosphere at the Lane.
“It’s another tough game, another London derby, Sunday morning, we've had one day to prepare and we need to be ready.
“We’re strong, we have a strong mentality, we have strong supporters and it’s true, a big atmosphere will help us.”
Below: Mauricio talks Chelsea
After a long trip to Azerbaijan in the Europa League this week - where the squad landed in the early hours of Friday after beating Qarabag to qualify for the knockout stages - we now look to stretch an unbeaten run of 12 matches in the Premier League.
Chelsea have struggled as they defend their crown but Mauricio is taking little notice of their plight. “I don’t like to speak about (the situation of) other teams,” he said.
“Chelsea have great players, a great manager and it’s always tough against them. They have the time to recover in the Premier League.
“For us, it’s a very important game, another derby and as I said, we need that energy from our supporters. We’ll make sure we arrive in good condition.”
Once again, we’re asking fans to please arrive in plenty of time for Sunday’s 12noon kick-off.
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