Boro stars in confident mood
Emanuel Pogatetz and Robert Huth are both confident Middlesbrough can achieve promotion this season.
Last Updated: 05/08/09 9:11pm
Middlesbrough defenders Emanuel Pogatetz and Robert Huth are both confident the club can achieve promotion this season.
Boro are looking to bounce back to the Premier League at the first time of asking after suffering relegation heartbreak last term.
And captain Pogatetz is confident the Teessiders can live up to expectations.
"We are very confident, we will do our best, we have a really strong squad," he told Sky Sports News.
"It was a very bad feeling at the end of last season and now we want to make up for it and get back up as soon as possible."
Pogatetz's defensive colleague Huth is also fully confident Boro will make it back up.
"It's a hard league and it'll be harder because we're seen as favourites in most of the games," he said as Boro prepare for their opening clash with Sheffield United on Friday - which is live on Sky Sports 1.
"It took a while to get over relegation, we're ready for Friday.
"It's important to get a good start but if we don't then it's not the end of it.
"We've still got 45 games to go but ideally we'd like to get the win.
"They're all good teams, this isn't a 'Mickey Mouse' league, they're all quality footballers and it's going to be a tough game, it's not easy."