Roux: Mariners braced for perfect Storm
But Central Coast fullback Storm Roux is confident they can get the job done.
The Mariners edged Adelaide United 1-0 at home on the weekend to book a finals meeting with the Wanderers in Parramatta on Saturday.
Just three days earlier they travel to Japan to play Sanfrecce in their final Asian Champions League Group F tie. A win over the Japanese side will book them a place in the next round.
Roux played the full 90 minutes against the Reds in a heated encounter at Central Coast Stadium, where Bernie Ibini’s second-half strike proved the difference.
“They are a tough team,” the 21-year-old said.
“They are very good at keeping the ball. To get the win is a great feeling. We were under the pump a bit at the end, but I think that’s going to happen when you want to keep the lead and they keep pushing.
“Now hopefully we do the same in Japan and come back ready for Western Sydney.”
The Mariners suffered a setback to their champions league campaign last week when an injury-time own goal by John Hutchinson gave FC Seoul a late 1-0 win.
But the Gosford outfit have been in good form in recent weeks and Roux - who joined the club last year from Perth Glory and has made 23 appearances this season - believes they can bounce back.
“Yeah of course it was disappointing,” the Kiwi international said.
“We can take a lot of confidence out of our recent performances and we know we have to deliver against Western Sydney.
“Personally, it’s been a great season for me. My goal was to get as many games under my belt as possible and I’ve done that.”
Roux has played in four Asian Champions League matches and said the Mariners are very motivated to go through to the next round.
“It’s massive, we need a win over there (in Japan),” he said.
“To come this close in getting to the next round, the boys really want it.
“Of course it’s always going to be tough with the travel, so we do everything we can to recover properly and be ready for each game.”