Nice are determined to prove last season's fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 was no fluke and to make amends for an opening rout at Lyon when they take on Rennes tomorrow.
Claude Puel's team were thrashed 4-0 at last season's third-placed finishers Lyon last weekend and return to the Cote d'Azur seeking to bounce back.
Midfielder Jeremy Pied told a press conference: ``We want to move on immediately.
``We have this chance in football, to be able to catch up quickly.
``Whatever happened in Lyon, it will be important to show that we have the desire to catch up.''
The evening match at the Stade du Ray will be played behind closed doors as punishment for supporter misbehaviour last season.
Midfielder Fabrice Abriel said, according to Nice's website: ``Care should be taken not to fall into a false match, without rhythm.
``However, we should not be looking for excuses: the heat and the lack of spectators are the same for the opponent.''
Rennes boss Philippe Montanier will not underestimate Nice despite their capitulation.
``This is a big test for us,'' Montanier said on www.staderennais.com. ``Nice were severely beaten in Lyon last weekend. Too harshly, because Nice have a good game, but they had no success. They will want to respond in their first home game.''
Rennes, who finished 13th last term, beat Reims 2-1 in former Real Sociedad coach Montanier's first Ligue 1 match since his appointment.
Right-back Romain Danze said: ``Upon arrival, the coach was surprised by the gloom he could see in the group. We were affected by the end of our season.
``He told us all to smile and take pleasure in training. The coach brings a good mood every day. This is very important for the group and it feels good.''