Tough start will help - Olsson

BY foxsports • September 10, 2010

The Baggies were thrashed on the opening day at champions Chelsea and have since lost at Liverpool. They face Tottenham at The Hawthorns on Saturday but Olsson thinks it is better to face hard games early in the season. He said: "I don't think you have to just get these games out of the way, because then you've already lost them. I think we have to look at it as an advantage to play them in the beginning. "Traditionally new teams take more points from the top teams at the beginning of the season. "When they're out of the way, so to speak, we have a slightly easier programme in the spring than a few other teams." Olsson believes Spurs are a great side and are strengthened by qualifying for the Champions League. "Of course, they're a great team. They did very well last year. "They're one of the biggest sides in the league and you want to play against those teams. We're looking forward to it. "I think they have full focus on our game first and then they will go to Bremen and try to get something out of that. "We've got to focus on our bit and try to get three points. We're strong at home, no matter who comes here." Head coach Roberto Di Matteo does not think Spurs will be weakened by recent injuries and their Champions League trip to Werder Bremen following their trip to The Hawthorns. He said: "I was looking at that to be honest and thinking 'well, if Jermain Defoe is out, they only have Robbie Keane, Rafael van der Vaart and Roman Pavlyuchenko. And if Michael Dawson is injured, they've got William Gallas'. "They have a great squad full of talented players. I think the fact that they qualified for the Champions League means that they can now have a bigger squad and can replace a couple of players easier than previously. "We want to be strong at home, and we want to make life difficult for everyone that plays against us. "We're got a good home record, but it will be a challenge because they finished in the top four last year and we know there's a big gap between top clubs and a newly promoted club like us. "But football is a beautiful game because it's unpredictable and we like our chances."

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