"The build up has been intense for four or five weeks and I’m sure it’ll be a tight game."
Tony Mowbray is expecting a lively opening day clash against Charlton Athletic when Lee Bowyer's Londoners head north on Saturday afternoon.
The season starts on Saturday at Ewood Park with The Addicks fresh from promotion via the League One play-offs at the end of last term.
And although Mowbray is looking forward to the campaign beginning, the boss also admits that he's expecting an edgy game in East Lancashire.
“The team are looking okay, pre-season has been enjoyable, it’s coming together, we’ve added to the squad and we’re looking forward to the season starting," he told iFollow Rovers ahead of the showdown.
“We have hopes and aspirations and let’s see if we can live up to them.
“The players will be full of adrenaline and flying into every challenge. You generally get close games on the opening day.
“Players for both teams haven’t kicked a ball in anger yet. Okay, pre-season you work on things, but now it comes down to winning points in a big league. This is it.
“The intensity is so huge, the focus is high. The build up has been intense for four or five weeks and I’m sure it’ll be a tight game.
"We’ve watched Charlton and they will have watched us, we’ll know each other well.
“They’re a newly promoted team and I remember us being in their shoes last season, going away to Ipswich Town and feeling aggrieved not to have come away with the three points," he added.
“Have we got enough to take the sting out of them? Do we have more quality than them? Saturday will show whether we do or don’t.
“Charlton will be a big test for us and nobody should think that it will be an easy fixture.”