The Wanderers say they aren’t afraid of Al Hilal’s star names…
Western Sydney Wanderers coach says his players have no fear of Al Hilal as the A-League side faces the Saudi Arabian outfit in the first leg of the AFC Champions League final on Saturday.
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The Wanderers taken on Al-Hilal at Parramatta Stadium on Saturday, before facing the Asian giants in Riyadh on November 2.
Despite suffering a tough start to its A-League campaign, Popovic says his players will go into the match without any fear.
“I’ll have no fear looking in their eyes,” Popovic said.
“I know they’re ready.
“I believe they were successful just entering the competition; that in itself was a fantastic story.
“But these players are not satisfied with that. They’re not satisfied with just playing in the group stages, they wanted more.
“They’re not satisfied with the round of 16 – they wanted more…same as the quarter-final, same as the semi.
“While I’m extremely proud of the group, we’re here to win the final.
“Our only focus is to be champions.”
Western Sydney head into the Champions League decider off the back of two A-League losses, but will welcome striker Tomi Juric back into the fold.
Australia international Matthew Spiranovic is also on course to make a comeback after undergoing ankle surgery following the FIFA World Cup in Brazil.