15 May 2014

Sport: Auckland City play down favourites tag

10:30 am on 15 May 2014

Auckland City are playing down the favourites tag leading into Sunday's Oceania Champions League grand final second leg against Amicale FC.

The teams drew 1-1 in the first leg in Port Vila on Saturday and a win or scoreless draw at home will be enough for City to book a return trip to the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

Head coach Ramon Tribulietx concedes the away goal gives his team a slight advantage on home soil but says Amicale are no easy beats and remain very much in contention.

"They have a lot of imports from Europe. We don't have any professional players [but] they have the Serbians, who have come out just to play football. David Talone [from Italy], the Australian as well in there playing as a professional. Also the Scottish midfielder who's got a great pedigree - he's played in Japan and the English lower league levels as well and also they have some of the most talented Island players. I wouldn't say that we are the favourites - probably the team that have spent most of the money in this competition is Amicale by a long mile."