Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo wants his side to “go beyond our limits” as they aim to get back to the top table of English football.
Nuno, who left Wolves at the end of last season, has replaced Jose Mourinho in north London and has been handed the tough task of rebuilding Spurs.
But Nuno is reaching for the stars ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.
“Football is about playing matches in beautiful stadiums against tough opponents that make you go beyond what you think is possible to do,” he said.
“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.
“Tomorrow is the only thing we can focus on. 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 could argue that he has enjoyed a positive start to life at Tottenham as they have signed some exciting players and begun to ship out some deadwood, with the promise of more to follow.
But any positivity has been overshadowed by the Harry Kane saga and his future remains unresolved going into the season.
Asked what life without Kane could look like, he replied: “You are asking things based on ifs and what eventually could happen. I cannot answer to that.
“I can answer based on reality and reality is: today, all the players that are here are with us. What can happen we don’t know and I don’t waste too much time thinking about this, I’m sorry.”