Luiz Felipe Scolari and his Guangzhou Evergrande charges are running out of time to qualify for the knockout stage of the 2016 AFC Champions League.
The defending champions are wallowing in the mire at the bottom of Group H with just two points from their four games.
The Chinese giants now travel to the Steelyard Stadium to face the Pohang Steelers in a must-win encounter on Tuesday. If Guangzhou do not get the three points for a win, they will fall at the first hurdle of their title defence.
Scolari refused to blame the current lack of form on the loss of key players, stating that they still have the talent to produce the goods.
“It is true that we are missing some important players,” quipped the Brazilian in the pre-match press conference on Monday.
“Regardless, we have enough talented players to come in who can do a good job for us and help us get the result we need.
“I am still confident that we can progress to the next stage, there are two games left and we will be doing all we can to get the wins.
“We have prepared well for the game, we know it will be tough but we are ready.”
Should Guangzhou overcome the Steelers, they will then need more points against Group H leaders Sydney FC in the final round.