Sydney FC are determined to embrace the hype - not buckle under it - when Alessandro Del Piero makes his home debut against Emile Heskey's Newcastle Jets in Saturday's blockbuster A-League encounter.
Sydney are expecting a record regular season crowd of over 30,000 for the most eagerly-anticipated fixture at Allianz Stadium this season.
But with it comes added pressure to produce quality football - and a win - to keep notoriously fickle Sydney spectators coming back, especially after their disappointing season-opening loss in Wellington.
Coach Ian Crook wants his players to relish the opportunity and occasion.
"It will be a great atmosphere here on Saturday with Alessandro's first home game," Crook said after training at Allianz Stadium on Thursday.
"There's been a lot of hype around that and I think it's something we should just embrace and enjoy because it's not too often that we've ever been able to get close to a full house."
"There's always pressure to win here (at home)," Crook said. "There'll be expectation every week, not just this week.
"There will be a big crowd and that's what we're in the game for.
"I'd rather be playing in front of 30,000 with some expectations on us instead of 3000 with no expectations."
Del Piero looks set to play the full 90 minutes after going the distance in Wellington and in an Australian soccer first, his every move will be followed by a special Fox Sports 'hero-cam' which will enable TV viewers to track him for the entire match.
Crook admits he was surprised by the 37-year-old former Juventus and Italy legend's stamina in Wellington with no pre-season warm-up clashes under his belt.
"If you would have asked me last week I would have said 'no way would he play 90 minutes'," Crook said.
"So I think we'll just keep watching him and assessing him through the game.
"Last week every five or ten minutes in that second half we called out to him and he said 'no I'm fine' so we'll do the same this week."
Young forward Terry Antonis has been ruled out after suffering a concussion in the 2-0 loss to the Phoenix with fellow young guns Dimitri Petratos or Hagi Gligor likely to take his place.
Sydney will also be missing striker Yairo Yau, who is playing in a World Cup qualifier for Panama.
Crook confirmed he's hoping Socceroo Jason Culina will be able to join the Sky Blues.
Culina, who is on the comeback trail from a career-threatening knee injury, has been training with Sydney FC.
"We'd love him to be part of this club if and when he feels he's right," Crook said.