Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele believes that the his side has done enough to be regarded as a real threat by all their Premier League rivals.
The Belgium international, who, at the age of 29, is the fourth eldest member of a very young Spurs squad, commented on the recently-released Premier League fixture list, saying that he doesn't read too much into the significance of their opening match.
“I’m happy with those fixtures," he told the club's official website.
"It’s never easy at Newcastle and they will be motivated to start the season well, but that’s the case with everyone," he said, referring to the fixture which many have described as an opportunity for Tottenham to gain revenge for the disastrous 5 – 1 defeat inflicted on them by the Magpies at the end of the 2016/17 season – a result which robbed them of their highest-ever Premier League finish.
“To be honest, I don’t mind who we play first," Dembele continued. "I really believe in our own power and our own quality, like we showed last season and the season before.
“We know we can make it difficult for everyone and I’m sure that everyone has respect for us.
“We just want to start the season well. We’ll all look to have a good pre-season and we all know with this manager and staff we’ll be fit and our aim will be to start the season in the best way.
"That’s something we can be sure about,” he added.