Heurelho Gomes knows we need to be at our best to bring any reward back from Stoke on Saturday.
But the goalkeeper is determined to win at the Britannia Stadium after his counterpart Joe Hart denied us an opening-day victory against City last weekend.
It's one of the toughest away trips in the Barclays Premier League - not least after Champions League action in midweek - and Gomes insists the fact that we finished fourth last term will means teams are gunning for us this time around.
"We need to be focused," said the popular Brazilian. "It is not easy to play away from home against Stoke and we need to show our best form.
"Stoke are a strong side, we have had difficult games there and this one will also be difficult.
"It is a new season and it will be more difficult for us this year because the opposition will know more about our team.
"Everyone knows the quality of our team now, they know Tottenham is a good team.
"We need to keep going and pick up points as best we can."
Gomes admitted he was almost at a loss for words after we fell 3-0 down inside half-hour of our Champions League play-off, first leg at Young Boys on Tuesday.
We eventually clawed it back to 3-2 ahead of Wednesday's second leg at the Lane.
He added: "I had nothing to do in the first half. I said to Wilson (Palacios) at half time that I hadn't touched the ball, so how could they have scored three times?"
"It can happen in the Champions League though. Now we need to concentrate on the second leg because it's so important to reach the group stage."