Dean Smith believes his Brentford squad are ready for their season opener against Sheffield United but knows he faces the most difficult job of picking 11 players.
The Bees have gone unbeaten through the pre-season campaign and claimed a 2-1 win over Celta Vigo at Griffin Park yesterday in their final warm-up game.
August is an intense month with the west Londoners set to play up to seven games in all competitions but Smith believes they are prepared for the challenge.
He said: “I think we're pretty much ready. I thanked the players for their hard efforts in pre-season but I believe it'll pay dividends throughout the season.
“There's a lot of games to be played in August and I need a squad ready for that and I believe I've got that.
“I'll look at them on Monday and Tuesday and assess and pick a team capable and ready to go on Saturday.”
Picking a team to face the Blades, who won League One at a canter last season, will be difficult but the head coach is relishing it.
Smith added: “It will be difficult but I look forward to it. I enjoy picking a team that I believe can win at Sheffield United.
“They've got really good footballers, they had a fabulous season last season and recruited well. We've got to be fit and ready for that game.”
It appeared that Smith was assessing Andreas Bjelland and Yoann Barbet alongside John Egan to give himself an idea for next weekend but he claimed that it was regarding getting minutes into the legs.
He said: “We were looking at how many minutes the players had had. John Egan hadn't done near a 90 minutes.
“Harlee (Dean) had played 90 minutes on Tuesday. It was the plan to give both Andreas and Yoann minutes today.”
Dean is suspended for the season opener after his red card against Blackburn last season. It is expected he will be recalled for the League Cup tie with AFC Wimbledon.