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Tottenham manager expects tough opening match

TottenhamA few comments from today's press conference with new Tottenham manager Mauricio Ponchettino:

On the Saturday friendly with Sounders FC: We expect a tough game because they are into their season. We started the preseason 14 days ago, and we need time to arrive. But we are ready to compete … and start to show our style and philosophy.

On that style and philosophy: We need to win, but not only to win but to show a good philosophy. That philosophy is to practice exciting football, pressing, attacking football. We are at the start of the preseason to put the idea to the squard. … For the moment all is good.

Playing on FieldTurf: It’s not the best place for us to play. … I believe we will adapt in the training on the field.

On his targets for the season: Our target for the moment is to provide the team our philosophy and to improve our style. We have unbelievable squad, unbelievable players. To be ready to start the preseason, but to provide the team our philosophy. This is our target for the moment.