Erik Lamela expects Tottenham to enjoy another successful season both domestically and in Europe. Spurs secured a top-four finish in the Premier League for the fourth successive season last term, while they also reached a first-ever Champions League final, although that ultimately ended in disappointment as they were beaten 2-0 by Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino has been able to dust his players down quickly from that disappointment, however, as Spurs have enjoyed a successful pre-season that culminated in them winning the Audi Cup thanks to victories over both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.
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Argentina international Lamela has been an impressive performer for Spurs throughout the summer and he is confident the north London club can enjoy another successful season, although he feels a fast start will be key to their chances of challenging for major honours.
“We know what to do. I think the team is ready and the players are motivated for the start of the season. I believe we can have a very good season,” Lamela told the club website. “It’s important to start well and the players are motivated to start well. We’re ready.”
Spurs will kick-off the new season with a home clash against newly-promoted Aston Villa and Lamela is anticipating a tough encounter with last season’s Championship playoff winners. He added: “[Aston] Villa will be a difficult game. They will try to do well. We will try to get the three points and we now work hard to prepare for the game.”