Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton is excited to get the season started as Millwall are the visitors to The City Ground on Friday night.
The Reds boss put his squad through a tough pre-season programme but he has been delighted with their application leading up to the season opener.
He said: “We are relieved that pre-season is out of the way. You look forward to the start of the campaign but we can go into it knowing that we have put the work in. The boys have done outstandingly well and they were challenged.
“The staff – the medical, analytical, strength and conditioning and coaching teams – have done a lot of work around it and provided the support that the players need to be the best they can be. We are looking forward to the season and we appreciate how tough the league can be but we are excited.”
Newly-promoted Millwall will provide Forest with a tough opener but Warburton insists his side must stick to their guns when they come up against The Lions.
He said: “We face a team with a brand. I have said that to the players and I am saying that in a respectful way. They are organised, diligent, hard-working, they maintain shape and they get bodies forward to pose a threat.
“I have a lot of respect for Neil Harris and the job that he has done. It is a tremendous achievement to get out of a tough league in League One and we know we face a very stern challenge on Friday.
“We want the players to enjoy what they are doing and enjoy getting on the ball. We want them to be brave, not reckless and to take risks in the right area of the park. We want them to move the ball quickly and enjoy having possession of the football. That is how we will play the game, irrespective of the formation and the style of play won’t change.”