Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip has claimed win or lose the Westfield FFA Cup Final will be "only a start" for the ambitious club.
City will host Sydney FC on Wednesday night in their first major final, with Van 't Schip's men looking to end the trophy drought that stretches back to Melbourne Heart's first competitive match in 2010.
Since Heart was purchased by City Football Group in 2014, the club has been building for success but the FFA Cup Final won't be the culmination of that work, according to Van 't Schip.
"Loss or win it's something that we want to continue," the Dutchman said on Tuesday.
"We want to be in finals, we want to become - with this club - champion. So it's only a start."
Van 't Schip embraced the pressure of potentially winning City's first major men's trophy, declaring the FFA Cup decider at AAMI Park will be the "most important" game in the club's history, but he insisted that he won't change his team's style with a title on the line.
In fact, Van 't Schip argued playing Hyundai A-League leaders Sydney in a final will be the ideal test for City as they aim to challenge for league success this season.
"Tomorrow is a big game actually, to see and make sure that those things, also on the big stage you can do it," he said.
"We're not changing things up just because it's a final. It's actually something that it's more like a big occasion to show what you want to do on the pitch."
While City have never won a trophy, Van 't Schip has a number of players in his squad that have tasted success elsewhere in their careers including captain Bruno Fornaroli, who has won two league titles in his native Uruguay.
"This one is special because it's the first final for this club," Fornaroli said.
"It's my first final here, so it's very special.
"We're confident and I think we can win tomorrow but also we play versus one very good team, so we need to put 110 [per cent in] tomorrow if we want to win."
Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016
Melbourne City FC v Sydney FC
Wednesday 30 November 2016
AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-Off: 7:30pm AEDT
*The Westfield FFA Cup Final 2016 will be LIVE and exclusive on FOX SPORTS 4 (Channel 505) from 7pm AEDT.