Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp believes the 2011/12 campaign will prove to be one of the toughest starts to a league season he has ever experienced.
With an opening day home fixture against Everton, Spurs then travel to reigning Barclays Premier League champions Manchester United, before facing the Reds local rivals Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
"That's one of the toughest starts I've had in all my years as a manager," said Redknapp.
"Everton are a strong side and always difficult to beat, United at Old Trafford is as tough as it gets and then City at home makes for a difficult start."
Following an international break, Tottenham then go to Molineux to play Wolves before hosting another big game when Kenny Dalglish and Liverpool come to town on 17 September.
The first north London derby sees the visit of Arsenal on 1 October before a second international break – by which time Spurs will have also played out two Europa League play-off games, and progress permitting, their two opening group stage games.
Redknapp is not fazed by the daunting task that lays ahead and instead stressed the importance of getting off to a good start, if the club is to realise their ambition of qualifying for the Champions League again next season.
"They are all great games to look forward to, big home games especially in front of a packed White Hart Lane. They are all exciting games," he continued. "It would be great to get off to a good start and we're all looking forward to it."
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