ADELAIDE, Australia (AFP) - Gamba Osaka have the confidence of a three-goal buffer to continue playing their uninhibited attacking football in the deciding leg of the AFC Champions' League final against Adelaide United here on Wednesday.
It is the premier Asian club football crown to lose for Gamba as they close in on becoming the second consecutive Japanese winner of the title following Urawa Reds' triumph last year.
Gamba, currently seventh in the J-League, all but sealed the destiny of this year's Champions' trophy with an emphatic 3-0 win over Adelaide in Osaka last week and only a defensive calamity can wreck their dream of Asian success.
Their team's stars, Brazilian striker Lucas and Japanese international midfielder Yasuhito Endo, did the early damage before Michihiro Yasuda added a third for the home team.
Gamba have their admirers with their silky passing game and are confident of wrapping up the final on Adelaide's compact Hindmarsh Stadium on Wednesday.
"We've come here to play our normal game," Lucas said on the team's arrival Monday. "We will attack, we won't take a backward step."
Coach Akira Nishino is expecting an all-or-nothing assault by Adelaide before their home fans but he wants his team to stick with their intoxicating brand of attacking football.
"We have won through the series by playing aggressively, hoping to show a difference from last year's champions (Urawa)," said Nishino, whose side finished off Urawa 4-2 on aggregate in the ACL semi-finals.
"We will play even better with a comfortable lead."
Free-kick specialist Endo, who has played 72 times for his country, is keen to impress on the football world the skill of Japanese football.
"I wish we emerge the winners by having people say, 'Oh, Japanese football is skillful,'" he said.
Gamba's scoring spree last week was significant as Adelaide had only conceded four goals in their previous 10 matches in this year's Champions League.
"We want to prepare ourselves well enough to show our style further in the away game," Nishino said.
Adelaide coach Aurelio Vidmar is clinging to the faint hope that his team can produce something extraordinary on the night and become the first Australian team to win the Asian club title.
"I still think you've truly got to believe in it," Vidmar said.
"There's still every possibility and in football you don't know what's going to happen.
"So we're going to go out there, be aggressive, really take it up to them and hopefully with a bit of luck we can get an early goal and then you just don't know what can happen."
Adelaide go into the match without experienced defender Angelo Costanzo and in-form goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic, who are both suspended after receiving yellow cards in Osaka.
Midfielder Paul Reid, who is available for selection after missing the Osaka leg with a groin injury, said Adelaide must have the belief to pull off a football miracle.
"To come back would be a monumental task but the boys are up to it. We have nothing to lose," Reid said
"We can only do what we can do, and if we've got enough belief, we can win."
|Kone included in Everton squad for Wolfsburg clash|
|Shaqiri can ´probably´ leave Bayern, says Beckenbauer|
|Ramsey backs under-fire Wenger|
|Fabregas clears the air with Ramos|
|Cavani urges Ligue 1 focus|
|Olsson out until new year|
|Sao Paulo´s Toloi confident ahead of second leg|
|Aguero our ´special player´, says Kompany|
|APOEL eye Europa League despite winless road streak|
|Silva disappointed by ´childish´ errors|
|Slutsky happy to keep ´intrigue´ alive|
|A-League Preview: Brisbane begin life after Mulvey|
|Eredivisie Preview: Ajax targeting improvement|
|Shakhtar did not lack motivation - Shevchuk|
|Bayern lament two errors, Guardiola proud|
|Valcke: It will ´take years´ to rebuild FIFA´s reputation|
|Luis Enrique ´never fed up´ of Messi magic|
|Valverde pleased with Bilbao triumph|
|Messi revels in Champions League milestone|
|Loss was a ´crying shame´ - De Boer|
|Suarez relieved to get off the mark for Barca|
|Pellegrini puts Aguero among best in the world|
|Cavani wants top spot|
|Howedes sorry for Schalke collapse|
|Sporting Lisbon 3 Maribor 1: Slimani helps fire hosts into second place|
|Concord Rangers 0 Mansfield Town 1: Palmer edges League Two side through|
|Mourinho salutes ´complete´ Chelsea after Schalke stroll|
|Lopetegui revels in Porto professionalism|
|MK Dons 2 Rochdale 2: Green rescues hosts a point|
|Manchester City 3 Bayern Munich 2: Aguero the hero as City rekindle Champions League dream|
|Shakhtar Donetsk 0 Athletic Bilbao 1: Hosts qualify despite poor performance|
|Paris Saint-Germain 3 Ajax 1: Strike duo terrorise Dutch side|
|APOEL 0 Barcelona 4: Messi breaks record after Suarez opener|
|Schalke 0 Chelsea 5: Blues clinch top spot in style|
|Serbia turn to Curcic|
|Inter v Dnipro: Juan wants early qualification|
|Sporting-Maribor delayed as lights go out in Lisbon|
|Garcia upbeat despite late setback|
|The making of Lionel Messi: How it all started for the Champions League´s record goalscorer|
|Tottenham v Partizan: Pochettino´s men look to seal qualification|
|Messi breaks Champions League scoring record|
|Wolfsburg v Everton: Distin buoyed by good run|
|Allegri expects improved away display|
|Rodgers: First goal crucial for Liverpool confidence|
|CSKA Moscow 1 Roma 1: Late leveller keeps Russians in the hunt|
|Ancelotti not worried about record|
|BATE 0 Porto 3: Belarusians knocked out but go into the record books|
|Klopp looking forward to Champions League distraction|
|Parish urges Warnock to stop ref rage|
|UEFA Europa League Preview: Celtic and Inter seek home wins to advance|
|Diame could make Hull return on Saturday|
|QPR lose Sandro to knee injury|
|Juanmi fractures arm|
|Wilshere out for ´a while´ - Wenger|
|Wenger hits back at Usmanov|
|De Jong back in training for Newcastle|
|Chelsea ´head and shoulders´ above rest - Giggs|
|Stevens returns to Stuttgart|
|Cheltenham sack Yates|
|Giggs open to United exit to further career|
|Sampaoli relaxed after Copa America draw|
|Pekerman eyes Copa America revenge|
|Time for City to produce - Nasri|
|Copa Sudamericana Preview: River search for form ahead of Superclasico|
|K. League Preview: Cup winners Seongnam eye safety|
|Argentine Primera Division Review: Racing Club beat River Plate to go top|
|Guardiola: Desperate City are dangerous|
|Paraguayan Division Profesional Review: Libertad back on top as Cerro Porteno slip up|
|Brazil to meet Colombia at Copa America|
|Koeman backs ´great´ Forster|
|Lambert delighted with makeshift Villa defence|
|Koeman remains confident of top-four finish|
|Granada 0 Almeria 0: Visitors hold on to move out of bottom three|
|Genoa 1 Palermo 1: Hosts rue Pinilla miss in lively draw|
|Aston Villa 1 Southampton 1: Saints spoil Lambert´s 100th game|
|No let-up from Bayern - Guardiola|
|Turkish Super Lig Review: Besiktas and Fenerbahce gridlocked, Yanal makes winning start|
|Basel v Real Madrid: Ancelotti approaching winning record|
|Russian Premier League Review: Zenit extend advantage, Torpedo win marred|
|Mourinho not interested in Reus|
|Pellegrini dismisses Messi rumours|
|Anderlecht v Galatasaray: Faint hopes remain alive in Belgium|
|Luis Enrique: Barca must beat APOEL|
|Indian Super League Preview: Materazzi keen to maintain momentum, Goa host Kerala|
|Arsenal v Borussia Dortmund: Klopp visits Emirates amid switch rumours|
|Fer concerned by QPR away form|
|Shakhtar must not underestimate Athletic - Lucescu|
|Indian Super League Review: Chennaiyin well-placed for post-season, Delhi win|
|Atletico Madrid v Olympiacos: Atleti on the brink of last 16|
|Dragons take American football player on trial|
|Di Matteo has no thoughts of Chelsea revenge|
|Vermaelen could require surgery|
|Destiny in Roma´s hands - Garcia|
|Ludogorets v Liverpool: Rodgers demands improvement|
|Malmo v Juventus: Pogba issues rallying cry|
|Blanc demands killer instinct against Ajax|
|Bayer Leverkusen v Monaco: Germans looking to progress|
|Aguero and Jovetic fit to face Bayern|
|Ancelotti reveals contract talks|
|Slutsky targeting Champions League last 16|
|PSV receive Guardado boost|
|Ter Stegen waiting for Barcelona chance|
|Allardyce hopeful Carroll can stay injury-free|
|Arsenal must be ruthless - Arteta|
|Veh resigns from struggling Stuttgart|
|Juventus have ´more quality´ this season, says Pogba|
|Copa America win can restore Brazil´s confidence – Marin|
|Lallana issues rallying cry|
|Fritz confident Bremen can turn things around|
|Bruce backing Hull to stay out of trouble|
|Lambert determined to transform Villa|
|Valdez: Suarez needs ´miracle´ for Copa America|
|Real Madrid heading to Australia for ICC|
|Martinez: Lukaku can become ´best striker in the world´|
|Koeman slams ´crazy´ Christmas fixture list|
|Iniesta, Vermaelen unavailable for Cyprus trip|
|Zenit v Benfica: Pereira, Lima set to return for Portuguese champions|
|Inzaghi sorry for derby stalemate|
|Colombian Primera A Review: Medellin on cusp of final, Santa Fe deny Huila|
|Mancini ´very happy´ with derby draw|
|Peruvian Primera Division Review: Sporting Cristal beaten|
|Liga del Futbol Profesional Boliviano Review: Late Blooming spark sends Oriente second|
|Venezuelan Primera Division Review: Trujillanos stay top, Metropolitanos embarrassed|
|Liga MX Review: Pachuca, Pumas UNAM reach play-offs|
|MLS Review: Wins for Galaxy, Revolution|
|Ecuadorian Primera A Review: Top three fail to score, Olmedo win big|
|Brazilian Serie A Review: Cruzeiro retain title|
|Chilean Primera Division Review: Universidad Chile held, Colo Colo go top|
|Costa Rican Primera Division Review: Cartagines into fourth|
|Uruguayan Primera Division Review: Champions Nacional win again|