Michael Dawson knows all the hard yards put in over pre-season will be worthwhile if we get our Premier League season off to a dream start against Liverpool on the opening day.
The clash with the Reds at The Lane on Sunday August 16 is the defender's clear focus amidst the team's intensive summer training programme.
Harry Redknapp's squad returned to The Lodge this week, and as you have seen here on tottenhamhotspur.com, the hard work in preparation for the new campaign is already up and running.
And although there is plenty of football to be played between now and the big kick-off, ‘Daws' knows what everyone is aiming towards.
"The fixtures are up on the dressing room wall," he said. "It's Exeter first up and then plenty of friendly games, but we can't wait for that first game of the season to come around, once we've done all our running and we're all fit enough.
"That's what we're all working towards - it's not about being at full fitness now, we need to peak for that Liverpool game.
"We made an awful start last year, so we've got to improve on that. Pre-season is where we put the work in to make sure that doesn't happen again."
‘Daws' is no stranger to pre-season and the physical exertion it requires, but he has found over time ways of making the hard slog that little bit more bearable.
"Pre-season is pre-season, you can see how hard it is," he added. "It never gets any easier, no matter how much work you do over the summer.
"It has changed over the years I've been in the game. It used to be about running until you dropped when I was a schoolboy, but now sports scientists have come in and look at so much more.
"We've got a medical team here who are very good their job. They gave us our programmes for the summer before we went away, and we knew how fit we had to be coming back.
"If you don't do anything over the summer, it makes things harder than they already are. So although you need your rest, you need to keep things ticking over during the break."
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