The 2010-11 UAE champions topped Group A after previous continental failures and are in good spirits as they try to book their quarter-final spot when they take on Al AhliAl Jazira coach Caio Junior has labelled Tuesday's AFC Champions League Round of 16 knockout clash at home to Saudi Arabia's Al Ahli as his side's "biggest of the season".
The 2010-11 UAE champions topped Group A with five wins from six games to end years of continental pain and qualify for the knockout phase. However their Brazilian coach said he was desperate to go further in the competition.
"The match is the most important match this season as winning against Al Ahli means that we will qualify to the quarter-finals and get closer to the final four of the competition," Caio Junior told reporters.
He added: "I have great confidence in my players who will go into the game with big spirits. We have given our key players some rest in the previous match against Al Rayyan and hopefully the players can give their best against Al Ahli."
Meanwhile, Al Ahli coach Karel Jarolim said his side had put on hold celebrations following Friday's Champions Cup triumph as they focus on booking their spot for the quarter-finals.
"The match against Al Jazira is important for us and we have asked the players to focus on this game and forget the celebrations of winning the King's Cup recently," the Czech boss said.
"We have a new match and we must put a lot of effort in it. The match is very hard for the two teams and hopefully we can give our best in this game. The players that we have are good but they must have a good performance and get a good result to please our big fans."