New Zealand coach Anthony Hudson has stated that his team should learn to become competitive and not to fear anyone.
He said that his team can now beat any team in the world and that they should believe this when they come on the pitch.
Anthony Hudson said for so long New Zealand has been considered as an outsider, but he believes that things should change now. He said that New Zealand players should ditch the mentality of being an inferior footballing nation and believe that they can compete with the best teams in the world.
New Zealand will be facing Fiji in their next game which will count for the World Cup qualifiers in Russia. However, Hudson said that he is focusing more on the Confederations Cup where New Zealand will be playing against the likes of Russia, Portugal, and Mexico. Hudson said that his team will be going there to win the competition and that they do not fear anyone.
Many pundits believe that Anthony Hudson is just bluffing, but the latter said that he is serious. For him, there is a significant chance that his players could cause a major upset and he wants them to believe that they can beat the best teams in the world.
He believes that he has one of the best squads in New Zealand history and that all the players are experienced enough. He added that there is a good balance between youth and experience and he feels that there is a good competition for places within the team.
Hudson said that it is now or never for New Zealand to take their place in world football and show the world that they are a big footballing nation. He believes that his players have enough qualities to shine at the Confederations Cup.