SINGAPORE - Four months ago, soon after the LionsXII defeated ATM 3-1 at the Jalan Besar Stadium, coach V Sundramoorthy knew exactly what it would take to win the Malaysian Super League (MSL) title.
He said: Win all our home matches and we will be there at the end of the season.
His words were almost prophetic, as his young charges dropped only two points at home against Johor Darul Takzim, en route to lifting the MSL trophy.
A day before the Singapore side kick off their Malaysia Cup campaign by hosting Kedah, the 47-year-old coach was again confident that his team could go all the way to the final on Nov 3.
Only if they stay perfect at home.
"It makes sense, doesn't it? We have to take advantage of our home (artificial) pitch and fans," Sundram said.
"Three home wins will give us nine points, and if we get a result on the road, I think we will make it out of the group.
"Hopefully, from there, we will continue to win at home and progress even further."
The LionsXII are drawn in Group D with Kedah, Sarawak and Perak, as they pursue the dream of capturing the Malaysian league and cup Double - a feat achieved by the famous Singapore side of 1994.
"It's all we are thinking about," said team captain Shahril Ishak.
"Winning the MSL was great, but to win the Malaysia Cup as well would truly be something special.
"To do that, I agree we have to be perfect at home.
"Playing in front of a packed Jalan Besar (Stadium) always spurs us on. We always have the desire to win on this ground in front of our fans."