Australian clubs have organisational advantage in Asia, Robbie Cornthwaite says

Australian clubs have organisational advantage in Asia, Robbie Cornthwaite says


Robbie Cornthwaite believes Australian clubs can expose teams from across Asia with a greater level of organisation.

The 32-year-old is vastly experienced in Asia having enjoyed stints with Jeonnam Dragons and Selangor, while also competing in the Asian Champions League (ACL) with Adelaide United and now Western Sydney Wanderers.

Both the Wanderers and United went a way to erasing painful memories of matchday two of the current ACL tournament for Australian teams.

The Red and Blacks defeated FC Seoul 3-2 away from home, while United fought back twice to secure a spirited 3-3 draw against Jeju United.

Cornthwaite was rotated out of the Wanderers’ squad for their trip to Korea but watched his teammates claim victory nestled on the couch.

Speaking exclusively on Thursday’s Daily Football Show, Cornthwaite said Australian clubs can continue to battle against individual-based Asian teams.

“I think one thing the Asian sides lack is organisation and tactical awareness,” Cornthwaite said.

“I do think the Asian nations technically are probably ahead of Australians … but one thing I do think the level of coaching in Australia is probably better.

“From my experience, if say Tony Popovic was coaching that FC Seoul team last night, I think they’d be a far, far better team than what they are.

“I think they’re very ‘let’s play and see what happens’ and rely on a bit of individual brilliance, whereas Australian sides set up well structurally, know their roles, know their movement that we want to do, where to exploit them and where their weaknesses are.”

The Wanderers now have three points after as many matchdays, while Adelaide and Brisbane Roar each have one.