Tottenham star Gareth Bale is relishing the prospect of a tough start for Spurs next season, with the side set to face Everton, Manchester United and Manchester City in their first three matches.
"They are all hard matches but that’s the case when you play any team in the Premier League," Bale told the official Tottenham website.
"Everton is always a tough game and the two Manchester teams are amongst the best in the league, but getting them early might just be good for us. Hopefully we can get into our rhythm early and get positive results.”
Tottenham were in pole position at the turn of the last new year to take out a Champions League spot, but the side squandered easy matches towards the end of the season, and an eventual loss to Manchester City condemned Spurs to the Europa League.
Bale says that Tottenham will be aiming to start off the blocks with a bang, in a bid to set themselves up for another Champions League berth.
"If we start well it will make teams sit up and take notice and getting points on the board from those matches would be great for confidence. It would set us up for the rest of the season,” Bale said.
"We’ve played well at Old Trafford in the last couple of seasons but the luck always seems to go against us. Hopefully we can get a good result against Everton and take that into the United game.
"I’m sure City will be looking to push on again, they are in the Champions League and I’m sure they will be right up there again.
"It will be a difficult game but playing these teams at the start of the season can be good for us. I’m sure the lads will relish these fixtures and it makes for an exciting start to the season.
"These are all big games and we’ve certainly got plenty of big-game players."
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