Tomorrow’s match for Group C will see the two winners of day one, Lae City Dwellers and Auckland City battle for the top spot at 4pm, and with only one contender progressing on to the semi-finals, both teams will be throwing everything into claiming the three crucial points.
After a dominant performance against Malampa Revivors that saw them claim their first win in this competition, Lae City Dwellers coach Peter Gunemba is polishing off certain areas ahead of their big clash with Auckland City, but believes his side is fully capable of defeating the six-time consecutive champions.
“They are the top team in the Oceania region and it’s going to be a big task but we will see how we go against them,” he said.
“We played them last year and we have a fair idea about how they play so we have to adjust ourselves and come up with a plan to counter attack them.
“In the first half I’ll look at the strength of our team and I’ll decide from there what we should do, but at this moment I can tell you that we are not scared, we are prepared to play them.
“I’m actually feeling quite relaxed and I’m looking forward to Wednesday.”
Auckland City coach Ramon Tribulietx is hoping to see an improvement after their very close battle with Western United, well aware of the depth of talent in the Lae City Dwellers squad after their 2-1 victory against the Papua New Guinean club in the 2016 OFC Champions League.
“We’ve seen them play before, we played them last year with most of the same players, so we understand these teams that are more focused and developed individually,” he said.
“They’ve got three or four players up front that are one-on-one very good, very fast, so we understand it is going to be very difficult.
“We understand from our last game that if we don’t switch on to 100 per cent, it can turn around nasty, so hopefully we’ve learned our lesson.”