Erik Lamela says his Tottenham team-mates are motivated for the start of the new season.

Spurs have had to pick themselves up after the disappointment of their last competitive match, a 2-0 Champions League final defeat to Liverpool.

Lamela believes a good pre-season has got the squad ready for another campaign in England and Europe.

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He told Tottenham’s official website: “We know what to do. I think the team is ready and the players are motivated for the start of the season. I believe we can have a very good season.

“It’s important to start well and the players are motivated to start well. We’re ready.

“[Aston] Villa will be a difficult game. They will try to do well. We will try to get the three points and we now work hard to prepare for the game.”