We sit top of Group B with four points, followed by Sundowns on three, Boca Juniors on two and Real Sociedad with one. We enjoy a goal difference of plus two, while Sundowns and Real have a deficit of one, with Boca on zero. There are permutations where we could qualify for the final without winning tonight but a winning outcome in the Boca-Sundowns game could see us eliminated were that the case.
Pedro, who missed the final three months of last season with a broken toe, is thrilled to be back in the thick of the action again and started both games against Boca and Sundowns. He reports that lingering ill-effects from the injury are easing and his stamina levels are improving.
"It has been so long!" sighed the midfielder. "I missed playing so much and I am so happy to play again.
"When I played the first pre-season game at Stevenage it was still a little bit sore, but now it is getting better and better. The doctors told me at the beginning that the toe would be a little stiff for a while, so I have got to learn to live with that.
"My stamina is getting better now we are playing games and that is what pre-season is for, to get into shape."
Pedro feels our Peace Cup prospects are pretty good and would relish the chance of reaching the final against Group A winners Lyon on Sunday in Seoul. He is taking little notice of Real Sociedad's current position in Group B and suspects the team are in for a testing night's work here in Ulsan.
"It is a tournament with great teams from around the world coming together in Asia. It has been very well organised and I think it is a prestigious competition - if we can win the Peace Cup it will be a real achievement for us.
"Real Sociedad are a Primera League side from Spain so they will be a good team for sure. Real Sociedad traditionally have good teams with international players and young players who come through the ranks.
"The have a mixture of youth and experience and they still have a chance to reach the final if other results go their way. We have a very good chance to reach the final.
"It will be a tough game, but we would like to get back to Seoul and play in the final at the beautiful stadium."
Pedro Mendes admitted it is a relief to be playing again as he prepared for the last Peace Cup group game against Real Sociedad this morning in which a win would guarantee our participation in Sunday's final against Lyon.