Nuno Espirito Santo has urged Tottenham to dream big and “go beyond our limits” with hard work key to winning over returning supporters.
Nuno’s first competitive match as Spurs head-coach is baptism of fire at home to champions Manchester City on Sunday.
Fans’ expectations for the match and beyond are more measured than before recent seasons following two-and-a-half years of inconsistent Premier League form and the gloom of Jose Mourinho’s tenure.
Nuno’s preparations for the new campaign have been overshadowed by Harry Kane’s desire to join City, and they are likely to line-up on Sunday with much the same side which limped to seventh last season.
The manager though offered a rousing message on the eve of the campaign, urging his players not be shackled by what they they believe is possible this season.
“Maybe I don’t show you – but I’m really excited,” Nuno said.
“Football is about playing matches in beautiful stadiums against tough opponents that make you go beyond what you think is possible to do.
“This is what I feel. I feel that we have to go beyond all the limits that football naturally imposes on you. You have to go much further. I’m feeling that, the players are feeling that, we just want to play, test ourselves, go beyond our limits.
“In terms of expectations, Tottenham is a huge club, fantastic club, very talented squad but we can only focus on tomorrow (Saturday). After tomorrow, we will focus on the game and think about the game.
“We will think again, working hard, being together, creating a unit, going day by day in our lives.”
Nuno’s appointment on June 30 followed a protracted and chaotic search for Mourinho’s permanent successor and was widely considered underwhelming by fans.