Newcastle United fans laugh off Eric Dier's threat of revenge

"It's true, the Premier League is tough and we start in Newcastle, that will be exciting because it's our first game and then our first game at Wembley is against Chelsea, I'm sure the fans will be excited for that as well".

The two clubs are scheduled to go head to head on August 12 at St James' Park, and Spurs' last visit to the North-East ground did not exactly go to plan.

South Korea officials are said to believe surgery is inevitable, meaning the 24-year-old would be unlikely to be involved when the Spurs squad join up for the Premier League club's 10-day tour of America at the end of next month.

Chelsea can pickup most points before the Christmas break when they come up against Swansea, Newcastle, West Ham, Huddersfield and Southampton. Late 2017 looks potentially sticky, though, with back-to-back matches against Liverpool and United closing out October and an away trip to the Emirates to face hated rivals Arsenal midway through November.

Liverpool have to contend with a Champions League qualifier later this summer so Klopp will want all his new additions bedded in long before that match.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino says that he is already "excited" about his side's opening home game of the 2017-18 Premier League season.

(October 14) Arsenal Arsenal began their season with a home fixture against 2015-16 champions, Leicester. Arsenal's trickiest matches are in February when they face Everton, Spurs and City.

Managers new to the Premier League have admitted that adapting to the busiest fixture list in the world is one of the biggest challenges to face them.

Champions Chelsea will start their 2017/18 Premier League campaign at home to Burnley.

Newcastle boss Benitez goes back to Stamford Bridge to face former club Chelsea on the first weekend of December, while the Spaniard returns to another one of his former employers, Liverpool, on 3 March.

There will be a typically intense schedule of games over the Christmas period, with teams potentially facing four matches in nine days from December 23-Jan. 1.

"We're starting to prepare the season and we can not wait to start again", Pochettino told his club's official channel.

  • Julie Sanders