De Boer wants to hit the ground running at Palace

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has emphasised the importance of starting the Premier League campaign on the front foot as they aim to improve on last season.

The Eagles are getting their six-week pre-season underway this week as they prepare for their first Premier League clash of the season when Huddersfield Town visit Selhurst Park on August 12.

De Boer is determined to make the most of the pre-season training in order to kick off the new season with a positive result, which would give the players confidence in the new management.

"I think it is very important to start well, and it is crucial for the whole season," said de Boer, according to the Croydon Advertiser.

"If we start well, it can give confidence to the squad that we are doing the right things and on the right track."