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The Wanderers take on Nike Magista Opus for sale the Asian Champions League holder and reigning three-time Chinese Super League winner, guided by World Cup-winning coach Lippi, in the first leg of the ACL quarter-final on Wednesday.

If that's not daunting enough, Popovic has lost several of the players who took the Wanderers to this stage of the competition and will field a new-look side which is not yet match-fit.

But wait, there's more.

Evergrande, among the richest clubs in Asia, signed Alberto Gilardino, one of the strikers from Lippi's 2006 triumphant World Cup side, for more than $7 million last month having acquired fellow Italian Alessandro Diamanti for close to $10 million in February.

"It's certainly right up there," Popovic admitted.

"We have had some great challenges thus far and this is another one. But when you're in the final eight in Asia, you do expect to play a big side and you do expect it to be a huge challenge. There's none greater than this."

Popovic admits he takes heart from fellow A-League side Melbourne Victory toppling Evergrande 2-0 in the group stages in May.
And he should be further comforted by the fact Lippi feels Battle pack cleat the Wanderers are a stronger side.

"The Wanderers are physically much more stronger than Melbourne Victory Nike Mercurial for sale and a few players are technically very good players like the new player Vitor Saba," Lippi said through an interpreter.

Brazilian striker Saba is one of the Wanderers' recruits after losing Shinji Ono, Youssouf Hersi, Aaron Mooy and Jerome Polenz at the end of last season.

The 24-year-old former Flamengo striker is in line to debut for Western Sydney at Pirtek Stadium on Wednesday and Popovic is predicting he'll be an excitement machine.

"Vitor is technically very gifted," Popovic said.

"He's one that we hope will really excite the fans this year and we're confident he will.
"We're expecting big things from him."

But down the other end looms Evergrande recruit Gilardino, bagging 15 goals in Serie A last season and already scoring three in just six appearances for the Chinese outfit.

And Lippi says his attacking partnership with Diamanti is already strong.

"Gilardino has only been with our side for a month so, of course, he's just going to get better," he said.

"He is a really strong player for us especially in attack ... and with Diamanti, they are very good Soccer Cleats for sale together because they have that experience together before."
But don't expect Popovic to be fazed.

"We don't go into it with fear. We go into it with excitement and I think the whole country should be excited that an A-League side is in the quarter-finals.

"I wouldn't be surprised if we went through to the semis in these next two games. That's how I feel. That's the belief I have in these players."


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