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'Cultural cringe'- Bosnich slams Australian playing habit

10:01 am AEST 24/4/19
Melbourne Victory
The former Socceroo is sick of Australian teams attempting to play out from the back

After seeing Melbourne Victory concede in the Asian Champions League following a poor give away in their own half, Mark Bosnich has hit out an Australian habit to play out from the back.

Despite a strong start against Guangzhou Evergrande on Tuesday night, Victory found themselves behind in the 24th minute after Lawrence Thomas opted to distribute the ball to his defender which allowed Guangzhou to turn over possession and grab the opening goal through Huang Bowen. 

While Victory would equalise shortly after via Jai Ingham, Victory's failed attempt to play out from the back left Bosnich fuming at half-time as he slammed what he believes is a systemic problem in Australian football. 

“I’ve been back for 10 years now, and I’ve seen this far too many times from all of our teams,” Bosnich said on Fox Sports.

“It’s like some type of habit of having to play out from the back under any circumstances.

"This is not Under 14s, this is the very top level and that’s what happens when you do it at the wrong time.

"It’s like some type of cultural cringe that we’re trying to prove to everyone around the world that we’re cultured and we can play out from the back.

"No problem when you’re developing kids, but don’t make it that when they get to the top level that they have to do something that’s going to make them look bad."

Though guilty of a failed attempt to play out from the back, Victory managed to hold Guangzhou to a 1-1 draw to end a run of three straight defeats in the competition.