Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has been addressing the media ahead of Saturday’s curtain-raiser at QPR (Official Website).
The French boss was asked about several things by members of local and national media.
Several first-team players missed out last week and that was on the agenda along with a host of other topics.
Here are three takeaways from Lamouchi’s pre-QPR press conference.
Lamouchi told the media: “Only Tiago Silva is missing for Saturday. All the other players are available for the session tomorrow.
Having Joe Lolley and Joe Worrall back for the trip to London will be a massive plus for Forest.
The pair were instrumental in everything good about the Reds last season and Lolley, in particular, is a matchwinner on his day.
Last season the 28-year-old scored 10 goals and registered nine assists and looks set to be a big player once more in 2020/21.
Thoughts on Saturday
Lamouchi: “They had many good performances and results last season and we think we know which team will play and the sort of football they will play too. We will be ready.
“We want to start in the right way, last season we started with a good performance but we lost. This time, we start away and we want to be competitive from the first game.”
QPR will see Forest go up against their former boss in Mark Warburton who is notorious for asking his teams to play out from the back.
Lamouchi clearly looks back on last season’s opener with the philosophy that his team put in a good performance and lost.
This time around he will hope for the complete package of with a strong performance to go with a morale-boosting three points.
Lamouchi: “I feel more pressure, of course. I am very positive though, we’ve signed the players I wanted to sign”
This is perhaps telling and suggests that Lamouchi is still somewhat resentful of the catastrophic January transfer window.
Forest were left short for the run-in after failing to add proven quality to the ranks during the mid-season window.
With Jack Colback, Lyle Taylor, Tyler Blackett and Luke Freeman all being added, the Reds are certainly well-stocked when it comes to proven Championship quality.
For Lamouchi, the onus is now on him. The board have backed him and it’s time for the Frenchman to deliver.