Defeat is not an option for China's Asian Cup finalists when they resume their bid tonight to qualify for Germany 2006, according to coach Arie Haan. 'Losing is not possible after having such a good Asian Cup,' the Dutchman insisted ahead of the World Cup Group Four qualifier against Malaysia. 'It is not allowed that the national team, one month after the final of the Asian Cup, should lose when we play Malaysia.' With three wins out of three in the group so far, including a 4-0 win over the Malaysians in Tianjin in June, and a clear advantage in every aspect of the game - be it physical, tactical, technical, experience or fitness - one might expect China to emerge victorious nine times out of 10 against their hosts. Haan agrees with the assessment. 'Yes, but if I was on the other side I would be saying one time out of 10 we can win and this one has to be today,' he said. 'It's concentration. We have to concentrate 100 per cent. China have not come so far that we can think we are already there. We have to improve in every game.' Haan's opposite number, Bertalan Bicksei, the Hungarian who coached Shenyang Ginde in 2002, has come to a similar conclusion although his maths is different. 'Everyone tells me it's at least 80-20 in China's favour,' said the 59-year-old, who is preparing for his first competitive game in charge, having taken over as Malaysia coach at the beginning of August. 'But before we played Thailand everyone told me we couldn't score against them,' he said, referring to last month's 2-1 win in a friendly. 'To win against Thailand in Bangkok has given us more confidence. I hope we can be confident in this game too. I think Malaysia's national team is better than everyone thinks.' The Malaysians, who opened their campaign by suffering a 3-1 shock home defeat to Hong Kong thanks to the brilliance of Happy Valley goalkeeper Fan Chun-yip, do have some cause for optimism. Their under-23 team was the prime reason that China's Olympic qualifying campaign ended in failure, stunning them with a 1-1 draw in Wuhan in March. However, team manager Ibrahim Saad sounded a pessimistic note, saying China were unlikely to underestimate them twice. 'I think they'll be prepared for us. I don't think they'll let that happen again,' he said. Akmal Rizal, who scored the late equaliser that day and also found the net in the return match, is almost certain to start up front. China's attack is a little more unpredictable though, given Hao Haidong's recent record of playing through the pain barrier. The fact that he pulled a miserable face, shook his head and declared his troublesome ankle to be 'no good' should be interpreted as meaning that he is a definite starter. Logically the personnel should not matter for China as long as their mentality is right. However, Haan says avoiding a low point after the highs of last month is the biggest challenge. 'It's difficult to get a normal feeling after the Asian Cup. We need the hunger - to get hungry again,' he said. 'We have so many chances [to qualify for the final round of qualifying]. We're in a very good position and we have to keep that position. But even if we lose it'll be the same. 'A draw in Kuwait and a win at home to Hong Kong will still be enough. But if we win this game it gives us the best position.'