Gaetan Courtet insists Reims are ready to make a big impression in Ligue 1 this season - starting with tomorrow night's opening fixture at Rennes.
Rennes finished three points and one place above Reims last season as Courtet's 10 goals helped the Champagne region side finish in 14th place on their return to the top flight.
But this season the 24-year-old striker wants to secure a better position in the table while observing a different footballing approach from the one taken last year, when he admits the club were simply happy to be plying their trade in Ligue 1.
``The euphoria may be not the same as last year when we arrived at this level with the mindset of a promoted side,'' he told the club's official website.
``This year we will be very serious, concentrated and we will add that to the same ingredients we had last year to get the best results.''
Both league meetings between the sides last season ended in home 1-0 victories but, despite tomorrow being an away day, Courtet feels coach Hubert Fournier has prepared his team well enough to start the season with a positive result.
``We are eager to start the competition,'' the striker added.
``We have been preparing for this month and now we can't wait to get into the nitty-gritty - we are ready to attack the championship.
``We know that they [Rennes] are a very strong team. Last year they had some difficulties and they will have to erase the pain of last season and make a fresh start, but our first enemy is ourselves.''
The season starts on a nostalgic tone for Rennes midfielder Julien Feret, who will tomorrow face the club for whom he played nearly 100 times.
The 31-year-old is looking forward to facing Reims and admits he was pleased to see them avoid relegation last season.
``It's always special to play a former club,'' he told staderennais.com. ``I had a great time, even if everything was not simple.
``I was glad to see they were able to survive. They had a rough patch, but they put their hooks in and pulled it off.''