Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has ordered his players to go into Thursday night's Europa League showdown with Anzhi Makhachkala believing they can win the trophy.
The Magpies will look to gain a foothold in the two-legged last 16 clash on the artificial pitch at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium before heading back to Tyneside aiming to secure a quarter-final berth.
Pardew freely admits big-spending Anzhi are the toughest nut they have had to crack in the competition yet, but with opposite number Guus Hiddink having voiced the opinion that the Barclays Premier League side will believe they can reach May's final in Amsterdam, the Englishman insists they have to go into battle believing that is a possibility.
The 51-year-old said: ``Do I think we have got a chance in the competition? When you get to this stage, all the clubs have a chance.
``You need some luck, but you need a good technical game and you need to have the right mentality in the group. I think our mentality is strong.
``This tie is going to be close and I think the result here will have a huge reflection on St James' Park because that is an advantage for us, that the second leg is there, for sure.''
If Newcastle are to leave Russia with a positive result, or at least one that keeps their hopes of progressing alive, they will have to do it without at least six members of what has become Pardew's strongest starting line-up.
Tim Krul and Fabricio Coloccini are injured and Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran ineligible, while Papiss Cisse did not make the plane because of a virus and Jonas Gutierrez stayed behind with Pardew not wanting to aggravate a knee condition by playing him on the plastic pitch.
The manager said: ``Papiss has been sick since Sunday, so myself and the doctor went to see him this morning (Wednesday) to see whether we felt he could travel, with me definitely thinking he could.
``But he didn't look well, to be honest, so we have had to leave him behind, unfortunately.''
Anzhi boss Hiddink has challenged his players to fulfil their European dreams having already reached their first target.
The Dutchman will send his side into battle with Newcastle having guided them into the last 16, his objective when they embarked upon the campaign in the second qualifying round in July last year.
However, having come this far, he is determined to extend their run further.
Hiddink said: ``We are going to have another very interesting and very tough contest against a team who reinforced themselves in the past weeks dramatically in a positive way.
``Regarding ourselves, we are very happy, of course, that we have reached our aim that we set at the beginning of the season, to survive the winter-time in Europe.
``Then we got a good result against Hannover in the two games and then you are in the last 16 in Europe, which is a very good success.
``But having got there, we are so eager to see what we can do to make the next step, and it's also good to see how our team is in comparison with teams who have the experience already of playing for many years in a tough league, plus sometimes Europe.''