Brisbane Roar are one game away from returning to the AFC Champions League Group Stage for the first time since 2015.
All that stands in their way is a Chinese Super League outfit led by Argentinian international forward Carlos Tevez.
Roar will enter Wednesday night’s clash with Shanghai Shenhua as underdogs but captain Matt McKay says the boys in orange have what it takes.
“We want to be a part of the (AFC) Champions League because we’re a successful club and to do that we need to perform,” he said.
“We shouldn’t think of ourselves too much as underdogs – we have a great squad and we’re definitely a good chance of progressing.”
Roar advanced to the clash after a resounding 6-0 drubbing of Filipino side Global FC and now turn their attention to the three-time Chinese Champions.
“They obviously have a number of good players in their team,” McKay said.
“We have to watch them but we need to focus on executing our game plan and if we do that then we’ll be a chance.
“Our goal is to qualify for the group stage, so we’re all doing the best we can to achieve it.”
Brisbane are undefeated in their past four matches in all competitions and have a decent record in China.
McKay is well-equipped for Wednesday’s clash after making 31 appearances for fellow Chinese Super League side Changchun Yatai, but the skipper is yet to play at the 33,000-seat Hongkou Football stadium.
“It’s actually one stadium I haven’t played at but I know it is a rectangular stadium, which is quite rare in China,” he said.
Should Roar win they will be placed in Group E alongside Kashima Antlers (Korea Republic), Muangthong United (Thailand) and another playoff winner.