Markus Babbel is keen to remove the “paradise city” mentality at Western Sydney Wanderers caused by the lack of promotion and relegation in the A-League.
Wanderers are eighth on the table and look to recover after a 4-0 shellacking to Melbourne Victory last week.
The former Liverpool and Bayern Munich defender had only managed clubs in Europe before making the switch to Australia.
He admitted teams were inclined to lack motivation as a result of no promotion and relegation.
“First of all, the most important thing for me is to know why we couldn't show our performance, because we had the feeling of fear about this team (Victory),” Babbel said today.
“Here in Australia, you live in a paradise city, a paradise country because in Europe, it is much more difficult if you can go down in a second division.
“Then, the legs get heavy. Mentally, you want to give 100% but you can't because your head is not doing the right things because the pressure is so high. But here, nothing can happen.
“You can’t drop down, you play a season and especially in this league, there is not a team here like Paris Saint-Germain or Barcelona.
“This is what I don't understand and they have to learn it. It doesn't matter if Keisuke Honda is in front of you or now Matt Simon. They are all good players if you give them space.
“But if we do our things right, they have a problem with us and this is what I want to talk about with the players because this is what I can't understand and I can't accept this.”
Babbel’s team face Central Coast Mariners this weekend, who are last on the table. He added, his team needed to have the same sense of urgency against both the top and bottom clubs.
“I can lose a game with a good style of football, against Newcastle Jets (2-0 loss), we had many chances but we couldn't score and from nothing, we conceded one,” he said.
“This can happen, this is football. But I can't understand if you play against Melbourne Victory - of course this is a good side, they have quality and they won the league last year. But don't be shy against them.
“You can hurt them. They have something to lose, not us and this is what I want to see, not only on Friday but for the next weeks and months.”