Harry Redknapp feels a wave of optimism around the club as we prepare for Sunday's big kick-off against Liverpool.
Last season's runners-up arrive at the Lane for a 4pm start on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League.
The progress of the squad under Harry's guidance is well documented - we went from bottom to eighth and reached the Carling Cup Final again - and we now aim for a positive start to the 2009-10 campaign.
"It's a new season and there is a lot of excitement about the place," said Harry.
"The players are looking sharp, we've had a good pre-season and we're ready to go.
"The lads all returned from playing international football in midweek and they've just about all had good results - Jermain came on for England and scored twice, Wilson Palacios and the boys with Croatia (Modric, Corluka) had massive wins in World Cup qualifiers and they've come back in good shape.
"It's difficult to make predictions about what you are going to do because you put yourself under pressure. What I will say is that if we can do better than last season, I'll be delighted.
"I said I would build a good team here and that's what I will do. I think we're on the way to building a very good team and it will only get better."
It doesn't come much tougher than Liverpool up first but we take heart from beating the Reds twice at home last season, in the league and Carling Cup.
Harry added: "They only lost two games in the league last season so that shows you how good they are. It's a great game to look forward to.
"We beat them at home last season in one of my first games in charge but to be fair, they were fantastic that day, outstanding, but we managed to win the game.
"It's got all the makings of a smashing first game."