Wanderers want to win the Asian Champions League

He loves big games: Kwabena Appiah's message to the fans for tonight's match: "I hope the fans give us a massive boost." Picture: Anthony Johnson.

He loves big games: Kwabena Appiah's message to the fans for tonight's match: "I hope the fans give us a massive boost." Picture: Anthony Johnson.

The Wanderers short history is already full of success, but according to Kwabena Appiah, they have Asian Champions League (ACL) glory in their sights.

''We consider getting this far a success but true success is at the end and we want to go all the way,'' he said.

Standing in their way is a tough home and away quarter-final series against Guangzhou Evergrande, a rich Chinese team with Italian coach Marcello Lippi at the helm and Italian internationals, Alberto Gilardino and Alessandro Diamanti on the pitch.

''We know they have class – Gilardino and Diamanti – but we focus mostly on ourselves and what we will do," Appiah said.

''We want to be smart about everything we do. We’ve had our eyes on this game for a while.'

''It’s a good feeling to play against players like Gilardino and Diamanti and I want to get a win and prove we can play to that quality.''

The Wanderers build up to this fixture was blighted by a loss to Adelaide City in the FFA Cup round of 32.

Appiah said the shock-loss hasn't had any lasting effect on the team in preparation for this big match.

''We aren’t thinking about the Adelaide loss. We know what happened and we moved on. We want to make up for this in the ACL,'' Appiah said.

Appiah gets excited for games on the bigger stage - as evidenced by him earning the Wanderers ACL player of the tournament last season - and believes the crowd will be a big factor tonight on one of the biggest stages.

''This is a massive competition and we get pumped for it,'' Appiah said.

It’s different to the A-League because it’s a lot less physical and a bit more tactical, but other than that I don't know why I take to it so much.

''The home crowd always give us a boost of confidence and we look forward to that.''

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