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Melbourne Heart's Aloisi backs Australia to take out Asian Cup

Former Australia international John Aloisi feels the current squad is more equipped to take on the best nations in Asia than they were four years ago.

In the 2007 version of the tournament, the Socceroos managed just one win in the group stage before being eliminated in the quarter-final after a penalty shoot-out with Japan.

But in 2011, Aloisi expects Holger Osieck's men to take those experiences and use them to their benefit in Qatar.

"Conditions in Qatar next week should be relatively good, and anyway these players played in the World Cup and Asian Cup qualifiers in much more difficult conditions," Aloisi said. "We weren't used to playing in them in 2007 [at the Asian Cup finals] and it did affect us.

"Everyone seems to be fit which is important - last time there were injuries, Harry Kewell was coming back from injury and Tim Cahill wasn't fully fit.

"So really there are no excuses now.

"We suffered last time from the change of mentality, we got a couple of players sent off and it affected our performances," he added.

"The players have learnt from that, and from the games we've played since, how to change your thinking."

Andrew Slevison
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