Sydney FC coach Vitezslav Lavicka hopes the momentum gained from his side's impressive victory at Shanghai Shenhua will carry over into the game at Suwon Bluewings when the AFC Champions League resumes tonight.
A 3-2 triumph two weeks ago reignited the A-League side's hopes of qualifying from Group H and pulled them within one point of both Suwon and Kashima Antlers. "In our last game in China we got a good result and won there so we are still in the game, but we know that this match in Korea is very important for us," Lavicka said.
"We need to get a result to really have a chance to qualify. Our main goal is to be successful tomorrow (Tuesday) night. The boys put in a great performance in China and the result and the way the team played really has given them confidence. Suwon are a very strong and dangerous team but we have been training hard. It should be an exciting game."
Suwon boss Yoon Sung-Hyo is also gunning for a victory that would see the Koreans into the next round. "This is the most important game for us," said Yoon. "If we win we confirm a place in the last 16 and I trust the players to do a good job. We need to keep focused."
Kashima Antlers boss Oswaldo Oliveira is likely to be without the services of forwards Carlao, Yuzo Tashiro and midfielder Masashi Motoyama as well as defender Alex through injury for the visit of Shanghai. "In football, you always have the possibility of having injuries to your side," said the Brazilian.
"We have enough players and in our past games, we have always had good performances from those who replaced the injured players. I have a faith in our players tomorrow (Tuesday). It's important for us to stop our opponents from showing their quality with our team effort."
Uzbeks seek form revival
Bunyodkor host Al Wahda in Group C knowing victory will see them go a long way towards following Al Ittihad into the last 16. The Uzbeks are yet to either win or score at home in this season's competition and boss Mirdjalol Kasimov is keen to rectify that record. "We want to break this nasty tradition for us. For us it is the main task," he said
"We have started playing better lately, and this progress should continue. The match will be very important for both teams. Both we and Al Wahda need only victory. I think playing at home will give us additional strength and help us raise our game."
Al Ittihad travel to Persepolis with the Iranians knowing defeat to their Saudi visitors will end their Asian campaign.
The top two in Group G meet at Shandong Sports Centre when Shandong Luneng face Jeonbuk Motors and defeat for either could let in Cerezo Osaka, who travel to lowly Arema Indonesia.
Group D sees Emirates host Zob Ahan occupying the second qualification spot and keen to retain their one-point advantage over Al Shabab. The Iranians, meanwhile, will progress if they pick up maximum points. Al Shabab host bottom-of-the-table Al Rayyan in the other game.
Finally, a point for Al Sadd at home to Esteghlal will see the Qataris in the hat for the last 16.