Glory to show no fear in ACL debut

Perth Glory coach Tony Popovic has declared his team will take a no fears approach into their Asian Champions League debut against FC Tokyo in Japan on Tuesday night.

The return of skipper Diego Castro from injury has boosted Glory's hopes of causing an upset, but they will still start as clear underdogs against the team that finished second to Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F. Marinos in last season's J.League.

FC Tokyo's squad features players of the ilk of Diego Oliveira, Sei Muroya, Joan Oumari, and Leandro.

Glory will be without Chris Ikonomidis for the ACL tournament after the star Socceroo ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament earlier this month.

But Popovic declared his team were eager to continue their brave form that has seen them go on an unbeaten nine-match run in the A-League.

"I don't believe much will be expected from us tomorrow night from the outside, but from within we expect to show a good performance against a very good opponent," Popovic said.

"Tomorrow the fans will see a team that wants to play a certain style of football, a very confident team, that will show a lot of belief, and also we'll show a lot of respect to our opponent.

"I expect our team to play without fear and to continue on the good form that we've shown in our local competition, and to showcase ourselves and show the quality we have with and without the ball."

Popovic has vast experience of the ACL, having guided the Wanderers to the title in 2014.

But Glory's players will enter the tournament having been forced to deal with the added distraction over the potential sale of the club.

Owner Tony Sage is still in London doing his "due diligence" on the controversial bitcoin company London Football Exchange that wants to buy Glory.

Fans have been quick to voice their concern over Sage's plans to sell 80 per cent of the club to LFE.

And it seems Sage has been listening, with the millionaire mining magnate distancing himself bit by bit from the deal.

Sage is adamant no deal has been done, despite LFE releasing a statement to the contrary last week.

He said he was angry LFE released that statement.