Brad Friedel has quickly settled in to life as a Tottenham player, and is eagerly anticipating the start of the new season as the 40-year-old keeper prepares to embark on his 15th year playing in the Barclays Premier League.
Friedel’s hunger and drive has never been so great and, drawing on all his experience, he knows just how important it is to get into the winning habit, and has urged his new teammates to find their form in preparation for their season opener against Everton on August 13.
"It's always good to win games," he said. "It doesn't matter if that's on the training ground or in a friendly, it's good to get into the winning habit.
"Okay, it's not the be-all and end-all in pre-season, you want to get through games for fitness, but if you can pick up wins as well it breeds confidence for the squad.
"The lads are getting more and more match fitness in, that's what we want, that's what pre-season is about and we'll be ready come Everton."
Speaking on a personal level, Friedel is feeling as good as he ever has - and why shouldn't he be as the current holder of the most consecutive Barclays Premier League appearances, 275 - and counting.
"I feel fit, I feel the sharpness is getting there and coming into the last couple of weeks before the real thing starts," continued the summer signing from Aston Villa. "Everyone is getting there.
"You can tell in training that things are starting to gel again and we're all excited to start."
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