Daniel Farke hopes his Norwich City side can implement all of their hard pre-season work when the 2018-19 Sky Bet Championship season gets underway this weekend.
Farke's Canaries travel to St. Andrews to take on Birmingham City this Saturday and the City boss says he has been pleased with his team's preparation in the build-up.
"I've been totally pleased with performances this week," Farke said at his pre-match press conference. "I'm a deep believer in you train how you play.
"It's never a guarantee though. If you have a good pre-season, a good last week or a good last session it's never a guarantee that you are there with an unbelievable performance in the first game.
"But I'm not a believer in coincidence. I believe in hard work and well-deserved benefits.
"I've got the feeling we are well-prepared and the most important thing is that we bring it on the pitch on Saturday."
Focusing on his team's first competitive opponents of the new season, Farke added: "It's not been the easiest situation for Birmingham.
"They were unsure about whether they could play their new signing, [Kristian] Pedersen.
"But the difficult situation could create togetherness. If you can't bring signings in, the same group of players know how to play together and for the first game, it could help them.
"I really like Garry Monk. He's kind and a gentleman and I like him as a coach. But there will be two teams on the pitch wanting to win."