The runaway Premier League leaders started brightly after a tough week, we struggled to get going and the result was City taking the game by the scruff of the neck and forging a 2-0 lead with 25 minutes on the clock.
We fought back, Christian Eriksen made it 2-1 before the break and we pushed City back for the first 20 minutes of the second half without carving out clear-cut chances. Raheem Sterling then pounced from close range after Hugo Lloris saved from Gabriel Jesus from a City corner on 72 minutes and that was that.
The defeat ended our 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and left us seven points clear of fifth-placed Chelsea. Meanwhile, City moved 16 points clear at the top and will clinch the title if they beat Swansea next weekend.
“When you play against these type of teams - and for me, Manchester City is the best in the Premier League - you cannot concede and provide the opportunity for them to play like they played in the first 25 minutes,” reflected Mauricio.
“We feel disappointed because with Sane, Jesus and Sterling up front, if you take risks and concede transition they have the pace to put you in a very difficult situation.
“We conceded from a long ball, a penalty that wasn’t and a set-piece - goals we can’t concede.
“Overall I thought the effort was fantastic from the players, I feel proud and this defeat is not going to change my mind.”
We have another big week ahead with a trip to Brighton in the Premier League on Tuesday night (7.45pm) followed by the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley next Saturday (21 April, 5.15pm).
“I’m so happy with our season and we need to realise that we need to keep pushing and to keep working because to play at this level is about being consistent and showing better quality," added Mauricio.
“Now, the most important thing is to be ready on Tuesday. On Saturday we have a massive semi-final of the FA Cup but first we need to think of Tuesday, a massive three points to try to win to achieve a place in the top four.”