Michael Dawson insists that Tottenham won't underestimate Hearts in tonight’s Europa League play-off in Scotland.
Spurs almost learned the hard way last season, as a first half onslaught from Young Boys in the club's Champions League qualifier saw Harry Redknapp's on the back foot, before salvaging the tie at White Hart Lane.
But Dawson is set on not letting the same fate occur in the Tottenham camp tonight, with the centre-back raring to get out on the pitch for the club’s first competitive match of the season.
"Hearts might be a few games ahead of us but we are ready," Dawson told the official Tottenham website. "The players are excited about getting out there and getting our first game underway.
"We know it will be a tough, tough game in a hostile atmosphere but we'll be ready."
And Dawson isn’t forgetting how Tottenham nearly lost their match up with Young Boys last year, with the skipper using the games as motivation for tonight.
He said: "That first half-hour at Young Boys was a disaster and could have cost us dearly.
"We've got to make sure we go out all-guns-blazing and make sure we are ready and focused - because they certainly will be."
The beginning of Tottenham's European adventure kick-starts a tough period for Spurs, with a trip to Old Trafford on Monday before the return leg with Hearts, which precedes the visit of Manchester City.
The club will be hoping for an confidence building start to the season, with matches against north London rivals Arsenal and Liverpool on the horizon.
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