Aaron Mooy says Melbourne City can announce their arrival as A-League title contenders on Saturday night against arch-rivals Melbourne Victory.
The second derby of the season arrives at the perfect time for Mooy's City side.
With 14 goals powering them to three straight wins, there's a sense of belief within the squad that they belong in the title conversation.
The Socceroo powering City's charge says that begins on Saturday night.
"We'll make a statement if we can pull off a win and play a good game," he said.
The knock on City's championship credentials to date is their lack of big scalps.
While they've travelled to Brisbane and Sydney and returned a point, City's five wins this season have all come against the bottom four sides.
Arriving back in Melbourne after their latest win, a 4-0 victory in Newcastle, Mooy said City will be taken more seriously if they can knock off the champions.
The 25-year-old said City weren't aiming any lower than the title.
"That's the goal," he said.
"If we want to win the championship we have to beat the best teams."
Against Victory, City's biggest concern could be the likely absence of two of their young stars.
There's growing concern Connor Chapman suffered a damaged medial ligament against Newcastle, the same injury to rule out Victory's veteran striker Archie Thompson from the season to date.
The 21-year-old, who had played every minute of City's season until his knock, arrived back in Melbourne early on Monday for scans.
The initial prognosis to Jacob Melling is more pleasing, with the 20-year-old a possibility to face Victory after a knock to the knee.