Melbourne Victory skipper Kevin Muscat is confident the past experience of the Asian Champions League will hold the players in good stead.
The Victory competed in the 2008 version of the tournament but were unsuccessful in their attempts to qualify for the second phase, finishing second in their group behind eventual champions Gamba Osaka and a high percentage of their current squad was involved then.
Muscat believes that experience will be invaluable this time around as the Victory prepare to take on Beijing Guoan in Beijing tomorrow night.
“There quite a few in the squad who played in the last ACL campaign,” Muscat said.
“It goes without saying that you always learn from these particular tournaments. We certainly learnt quite a few lessons, not only on the field but also as a club about giving yourself the best chance of being successful.
“The tournament has come on so much since we last participated. The boys are regarding the event as the pinnacle of club football and we all hope we can get off to a good start.”