APOEL FC, a side heralding from Cyprus, have reached the round of 16 for the knockout phase for the first time after topping Group G. The players believe that their good vein of form can continue and they will hold their own against former French champions Lyon.
"The open style of play suits us," Charalambides said in an interview with UEFA.com. "I'm convinced we can do to Lyon exactly what we did in our group to Shakhtar Donetsk, Porto and Zenit."
The players are also buoyed by how their performances have thrilled fans from the tiny nation.
"You meet friends on the street wherever you go. APOEL are a Greek phenomenon. They are a topic of discussion at homes, schools and work for the everyday Cypriot."
"It's not just the fans who are following the team now, but everyone."
The 30-year-old has been with the club for his entire professional career, having first joined in 1989.
He also said that his side is taking Lyon seriously even as the French club suffered a home loss to lowly Caen over the weekend.
"We knew that whichever team we faced would be difficult, and have a Champions League history."
"They are clearly a bigger club than us with a much bigger budget and better footballers but that doesn't mean anything as we have shown that a small team can reach the knockout stage of the competition and do just as well in this next stage."
The two sides meet on Tuesday night in Lyon for their round of 16 fixture with the 2nd leg taking place on 7 March.