ASIAN HOPES: Anthony Caceres of the Mariners battles with Thomas Broich of the Roar during Brisbane’s 2-0 A-League win on Friday night.
ASIAN HOPES: Anthony Caceres of the Mariners battles with Thomas Broich of the Roar during Brisbane’s 2-0 A-League win on Friday night. Dan Himbrechtsaap

Mariners upbeat for Chinese clash

CENTRAL Coast Mariners coach Phil Moss says his team won't lay out the welcome mat for top Chinese club Guangzhou R&F in tonight's Asian Champions League qualifier in Gosford.

After finishing third in the A-League last season, the Mariners, sitting in eighth place on the standings after Friday night's 2-0 loss to Brisbane, need to win tonight to join automatic qualifiers Western Sydney and the Roar in the main draw.

Moss said the mood was "very positive" despite the disappointing A-League season so far.

"It's a grand final so we've got a positive mindset ... a very aggressive mindset," he said. "We're at home so it's up to us to dictate proceedings and make sure we give Guangzhou a really rough night."

Moss, who said the Mariners had watched plenty of footage of the Chinese club in action, identified Moroccan striker Abderrazak Hamdallah and Spanish midfielder Michel Herrero as the danger men.


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