Mauricio Pochettino is confident Tottenham can match last season’s surprise title challenge but expects it to be hard.
Pochettino says their task may prove more difficult this season, with all of their top-four rivals making expensive additions this summer.
Spurs must also negotiate a testing Champions League campaign, which Pochettino admits will offer less room for rotation than the Europa League.
“It’s a big challenge,” Pochettino said. “It’s true that in our training sessions always we try to push more because now we need to spend more energy than before.
“Maybe when you’re in the Europa League you can rotate the squad and the team, but now in the Champions League they all want to play, they are all excited to play.
“Maybe in the group you have to play against Real Madrid and Barcelona. Sometimes you cannot give rest to the players.”