James Donachie says Melbourne Victory have plenty to play for against Daegu FC despite their Asian Champions League campaign being over.
Victory have lost three of their first four ACL fixtures, are bottom of Group F and cannot progress to the round of 16 with two matches left.
The A-League side face Korean side Daegu FC on Wednesday and have left 11 of their key players at home in Australia to prepare for their semi-final against Sydney FC.
Central defender Donachie is one of the most experienced players to have made the trip to South Korea.
He believes the young Victory XI will be focused on the Asian Champions League tie, not the A-League finals, and will give it their all.
“No matter what the circumstances are, we have to go out and give a good performance,” the centre back said.
“With all the young boys playing, they have to go out and show what they can do. Every game you have to take and be serious. We still have to go out and do it for the club.
“For the boys here we look at this game. All our concentration is on that and then as soon as that’s finished you move on to Sunday. But right now we need to focus on the game on Wednesday.
“It will be interesting to see what Daegu FC do. They’re obviously trying to top the group and go on from here, so I think they will come out with a pretty full-strength team, because they’re looking to do really well in this competition and they have been. That’s what I expect.”
The likes of Thomas Deng, Elvis Kamsoba, Storm Roux, Kenny Athiua and Matt Acton will feature against their Korean opponents, along with a host of young players.
“The boys are in good spirits,” Donachie said.
“We’ve got three really young boys come on this trip. It gives them an opportunity to go out there and put in a really good performance and put their hand up.”
Victory will take on Sydney FC at Jubilee Oval on Sunday with a spot in the A-League Grand Final up for grabs.
Donachie is looking forward to the occasion.
“It’s a really big game,” he said.
“We have to go there and win. It means nothing if you don’t make it to the final and win the final. That’s the step we have to go there and take. It’s always a big game in Sydney, which is exciting. It was last year as well.”