Nottingham Forest head coach Sabri Lamouchi is looking forward to the difficult challenge of taking on the league leaders Swansea City on Saturday.
The Reds head to South Wales unbeaten in seven games and are in confident mood themselves ahead of the clash at the Liberty Stadium.
He said: “It will be a very tough game, of course. We go to the leaders and the best team until now. They are unbeaten at home, three games and three wins so they are confident.
“With their last result at Leeds, this game is really important for them mentally and to give more confidence.
“They are a different team to Leeds or Fulham but they are a really strong team. They have a good balance between the offensive and defensive parts.”
He added: “The players need to take the responsibility on the pitch. When you work on the training pitch all week about the plan and the opponent, they get the maximum information. Then on the pitch, they need to decide and to take the right decisions.
“I have a nice group of good players but we are not here just to enjoy it together. We need to work hard and of course to play well and we want the best performance for the best result.”
The Reds are set to be backed by a packed away end once again against Swansea and, with the news of a big crowd at the Emirates Stadium for the Carabao Cup tie against Arsenal, Lamouchi had big praise for the Forest faithful.
“Our fans are fantastic,” he said. “They follow us everywhere and are behind us. I know it will be the same for the league and cup games, for next month and until the end of the season.
“We, the staff and players, try to bring them with us because they are doing the maximum following us so we are very lucky.”