By Patrick Akoto
Asamoah Gyan expects Al Ain to rebound against Lekhwiya in their opening match in Group C of the 2014 AFC Champions League on Wednesday.
The United Arab Emirate champions have endured a downward spiral in the gulf region and will view the continental game as a necessary distraction.
Now wilting in the heat of an uncertain summer and a subsequent cold snap in the Arabian Gulf League , Al Ain approach Wednesday nightâ€™s Group C opener against Qatari side Lekhwiya low in confidence and high in quandary.
Last Fridayâ€™s 1-0 league defeat at Al Nasr left Al Ain languishing eighth in the table and the chances of rescuing their 2013/14 campaign are diminishing by the week.
However Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan is confident the Garden City Club can regroup and rebound against the Qatari-based side.
â€œAs one of the experienced players itâ€™s my duty to pick up the boys, to make sure they wake up,â€ he said. â€œThese are times we need to show our personality to the team because we donâ€™t want it to get worse.
â€œWeâ€™re in a difficult situation at the moment â€“ we accept that, no excuses. But I think everything will be fine. Weâ€™re disappointed about results, but itâ€™s football. In football, this happens to any team. I believe in our players and feel weâ€™re still the best team in the UAE, despite everything.â€
Anything short of qualification fromÂ Asiaâ€™s premier club tournament, will shake a club on unsure foundations.
Understandably, Gyan looks to the fresh challenge as a way of building new belief.
â€œThe Champions Leagueâ€™s another new thing,â€ he said. â€œThe players are under pressure at the moment and that comes from the fans, also.
â€œBut the Champions League can change everything â€“ a good performance and a win can change it all. Weâ€™ll bring back the support to ourselves.â€