City's arch-enemy, Melbourne Victory, is looking to retain their A-League crown this season and have brought in two renowned signings who recently scored at this year's World Cup.
Both clubs are anticipating a packed house at Docklands for the opening round blockbuster and De Laet believes his overseas experience can help his team over the line.
"There are no special plans," De Laet said. 
"We look at ourselves and our own strengths and we'll go from there. We're not going to sit back and try and see what they're going to do.
"It's just the coaching on the pitch, the week building up to this game. The gaffer has a plan and we'll be training to get that plan. On the pitch something could change and my experience could help some of the boys."
Among City's experienced troops is Bart Schenkeveld, who is still hurting after their 2-1 loss to Newcastle Jets in last season's semi-final.
"For me the Asian Champions League is the goal and the whole team needs to think like this," the Dutchman said.
"We need to put some pressure on ourselves as well because if you speak it you believe it.
"We went to a semi-final and I don't think I'll ever feel like that again. I thought we could win the league as Sydney was out and they were the only team we found difficult to play against. 
"Other teams it was our own fault, but this year I think we have a stronger team and we have to show people how good we are."
De Laet also had faith his team could do big things this season.
The 29-year-old said he was pleased with the intensity and denied it was a big step down from English and Belgian leagues.
"Everyone thinks we have a good chance of being up there this season and we're going to take it one game at a time - we're quietly confident we can achieve something this season," De Laet added.
"It's still a good pace. The gaffer's training sessions are pretty tough and he wants everything quick. If you train that way, you'll play that way."