Sabri Lamouchi is ready and raring to go as Nottingham Forest return to action at Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
The Reds will take to the pitch in the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since March and Lamouchi believes his squad are prepared for the new challenges that await.
He said: “It is different to before but we need to restart not only for the football, but for the people, for the clubs and for the fans.
“We have to be ready for that because after a long stop like we have done, a short preparation of four or five weeks, we won’t be in the best condition because we start with small groups, then bigger groups and finally the last two weeks it was allowed to train with the full team. But finally we will restart.
“It is a very strange time, nobody three or four months ago could imagine this could happen. Unfortunately it did and we have to take the right decisions, adapt and find the right solution and the right way to work.
“We have a good squad, they are very professional and they work very hard. Nobody came back overweight or with any problems. It was important to work all together, the beginning was tough to make a session with just four or five players but it is nice to share some time with all of the players.”
The season restarts with just nine games remaining, a run of fixtures which Lamouchi believes Forest can achieve a positive end to the campaign and secure a top-six finish.
“We have nine games to play to try to achieve our target,” he said. “To be in this position in the play-offs is very important for the club and all Forest fans. If we want to be there at the end, we have to restart very focused and ready mentally. Physically, technically and tactically we will need a little bit more for two or three games, but it is the same for all teams.
“We will play every four days, five weeks and we play the season now. In basketball, they say about the ‘money time’ and for us, the ‘money time’ is now.
“Without the fans it is not the same. We do this job with passion and with our fans, to play in a nice atmosphere and to feel them is important for the players. To play without them is totally different and we will play nine games, I hope more than nine games, in this context so we have to be ready.
“We are professional, it will not be easy. They are not friendly games or a training session, we have to be ready and focused.”