FIVE-time Oceania Football Confederation Champions League champion Auckland City is confident of a flying start against the Vodafone Shop and Save Nadi outfit this afternoon.
The side anticipates a tough challenge from the hosts but players have been urged to play to their best and win the game to be able to successfully defend the title.
Team coach Ramon Tribulietx said all teams would be itching to defeat the side and had prepared his troops well for the challenge.
He said the game against Nadi would be tough as the Jetsetters would be motivated by their home fans.
Tribulietx said the boys had done their homework and they know how to tackle Nadi.
"We have watched some footage of the Nadi team and we are prepared to match them," he said.
"It's a big challenge for us as there will be a lot of motivation for the home team from their fans.
"We will be doing the best we can knowing that all teams will want to beat us.
"We understand that everyone wants to beat us and we have prepared well for the challenge."
He said his players had the experience of playing top level competition and they are keen on retaining the title.
Tribulietx said his team was dominated by European players who had the skills and the talents to withstand tough competition.
"We will do all it takes to win all our pool games so we can qualify to the semi-final."
"The boys have been exposed to the Club World Cup games and they know the expectation from other teams."
The side will play Nadi at Lautoka's Churchill Park on 3pm.