• Auckland City skipper Ivan Vicelich is chasing another adventure at the FIFA Club World Cup but Team Wellington stands in his team's way (EPA)Source: EPA
Team Wellington have the slight edge on recent results, but Auckland City skipper Ivan Vicelich says the two clubs will start from square one when they contest the Oceania Champions League final in Suva.
22 Apr 2015 - 4:53 PM  UPDATED 22 Apr 2015 - 6:53 PM

Team Wellington boasts a 2-1 win record against  City this season - securing the ASB Charity Cup on penalties, before a win and a loss in the two ASB Premiership encounters.

"But come Sunday, it starts at zero-zero," Vicelich said. "There's a lot of desire within our team. We've seen that grow over the past week. Every game our team has been performing better and playing well."

Both clubs made it through their three group matches unbeaten.

Team Wellington went on to book its berth in the title decider for the first time courtesy of a 2-0 semi-final victory over Fijian club Ba.

The Aucklanders, chasing a fifth successive OFC title and a seventh overall, advanced thanks to a 1-0 win over New Caledonian opponents FC Gaitcha.

Vicelich said facing Team Wellington in Oceania rather than domestic competition brought different dynamics into play.

The 38-year-old former All Whites defender expressed pride in how his players had performed in the event so far, especially against Gaitcha.

"We've come through four tough games and in every game we've had to perform to a high level by giving 100 per cent of our capacity," he said.

"We've had to deal with injuries, suspensions, broken noses, broken teeth, so it's been very difficult."

The winners will qualify for the annual FIFA Club World Cup, a tournament in which Auckland City produced a major surprise last year by finishing third in Morocco.