Daniel Farke can feel a buzz growing within the Norwich City camp as Saturday's Sky Bet Championship curtain-raiser at Fulham moves closer.
Following an unbeaten pre-season, City get into the thick of competitive action under their new boss at Craven Cottage against a side who impressed during the 2016-17 campaign.
Speaking to the media at Colney Training Centre on Thursday, Farke said: "All the players are excited about the season beginning.
"As a coach, you think with your head. It's a bit special to have my first game in England but I don't go too deep with it."
Farke feels equipped prepared for the Canaries' visit to the capital, believing The Cottagers' approach to match his own in some ways.
"Fulham have a similar philosophy to us; last season I think they had the most possession in the league," he explained.
"We know what type of team they are and what to expect. We are well prepared and will try to bring our ideas to the pitch.
"We need a great togetherness and to help each other. There will be setbacks and mistakes but we need support, especially in difficult times.
"When we stand together we can achieve extraordinary things. The players can't wait to be on the pitch."