Melbourne Victory can break their duck on the road in the Asian Champions League despite the might of their Chinese opponent, according to coach Kevin Muscat.
The A-League side faces China Super League powerhouse Guangzhou Evergrande at Tianhe Stadium on Wednesday night, having never won any of their previous 20 ACL games away from home.
With the likes of ex-Barcelona ace Paulinho and Brazilian winger Anderson Talisca in Evergrande’s lineup, it’s going to be no easy task for the A-League champions in front of a crowd likely to be pushing 40,000.
“All these things you get thrown up against and it’s just something else we’re going to have to overcome,” Muscat said when asked about the ACL hoodoo.
“We’ll take it in our stride and put our best foot forward.
“They’re at home – they’re expecting a massive crowd and that’s exciting for us as well.
“The calibre of players, it’s by no means going to be an easy feat but it’s a great opportunity for us.
“It’s a really good opportunity to perform well and get something out of the game.”
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Victory have had success in the competition against the Chinese giants previously, with James Troisi and Mark Milligan getting on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win at Marvel Stadium in 2014.
However in the return leg in China, Guangzhou belted Victory 4-2 despite the Australian side springing to a shock 2-0 lead at half-time.
Terry Antonis (knee) and Raul Baena (hamstring) haven’t travelled to China, while Lawrence Thomas could return from a knock after missing the weekend’s match against Sydney FC.