Neil Critchley is anticipating a difficult contest against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday, but hopes his Blackpool side can kick off the season on a positive note.
The Seasiders will travel to the newly-promoted side in what will be the kick-start to their 20/21 League One campaign, with Critchley expecting a difficult test against the Pilgrims.
“It’s a tough game for us to start with away from home. They’ve got some very good attacking players, so we have to be very mindful of that,” he said.
“They have a clear way of playing, with a lot of momentum from last season, but we feel as though we’re ready. The mood amongst the squad is that they’re ready to play and get going in the league."
With the Seasiders showing glimpses of their qualities in pre-season after impressive performances against Everton and his former side Liverpool, Critchley stressed the importance of starting the season strongly.
“I think getting off to a good start builds the belief and confidence for the squad going into the next games. In my mind, the next game is always the biggest game – which is Plymouth for us on Saturday.
“It cements the message that we’ve been trying to get across to the players throughout pre-season. We’re hoping that we can stamp our authority on them and get a good result.”