Millwall boss Neil Harris has been pondering over the level of quality in the Sky Bet Championship this season.
Millwall open up their campaign at home to Middlesbrough (kick-off 3pm) on Saturday afternoon and the boss has urged his players - and supporters - to turn The Den into a fortress once more.
The Lions lost four times at home last season but went from early November to late April unbeaten in all competitions.
"I don't think we can afford to get ahead of ourselves and look and look too many fixtures down the line. We have to focus, as we did last year, on small spells of games," Harris told the matchday programme.
"We feel that we have a difficult start, but when you look at things month-by-month there are challenging spells throughout. To have the likes of Swansea City, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion join us from the Premier League and Wigan Athletic, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United earn promotion from League One, has made The Championship an extremely difficult division this year.
"But I think what it also makes for is a very open League and I don't foresee anybody running away with the title this year. There will be favourites as ever, but all we have to do is make sure we compete in every fixture and make sure our home ground is a fortress for us, just as it was last year.
"The Den needs to once again by an intimidating and uncomfortable place for opposition teams to come and play their football."