Australia national team head coach Ange Postecoglou insisted that the Asian teams need to improve their mentality if they are to compete against big European and South American nations.
The Asian’s representatives disappointed in last year’s World Cup edition, with four teams, Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea ended their campaign at the bottom of group stage tables.
It was a sign of setback achievements than in 2010 edition, when Asia were able to send two teams into the knock-out stages. However, the 49-year-old tactician believes the gap could be reduced.
“The biggest difference between Asian nations and the rest of the world comes down to mentality,” said Postecoglou at the three-day National Coaches Conference in Kuala Lumpur this week.
“Sometimes our mentality is that we are second class citizens. Too often we focus on our weaknesses but we have to believe in our strengths and back ourselves.
The Socceroos boss also urged the Asian countries to use their own ways to cast aside their inferiority complex.
“In this region, we have some nations with really big strengths but they don’t always play to them,” he added.
For example, the World Cup is usually played in the summer, in heat and humidity, similar to this part of the world. European nations try to slow down the games, but we should try to speed them up.”