Positive mindset for North Korea
Ahn Yong-hak believes North Korea hold a psychological advantage over Brazil.
Last Updated: 12/06/10 5:44pm
Midfielder An Yong-hak believes North Korea hold a psychological advantage over Brazil in this summer's World Cup 'Group of Death'.
The 31-year-old and his team-mates are preparing for their Group G opener against the five-time World champions on Tuesday, which will be followed by tough matches against Portugal and Ivory Coast.
North Korea are without a doubt the underdogs to reach the knockout stages, but An thinks that they possess a mental edge over Dunga's Brazil ahead of kick-off in Johannesburg.
"The mentality for victory, strong organisational power and unity in fighting - these attributes are further ahead in us than the Brazil team, I think," he said.
Defence was a key to North Korea securing a place in South Africa, as they did not concede a goal in six games in the third-round group stage of qualifying.
A hard-fought goalless draw in Saudi Arabia in the final round also secured qualification, and An hopes that a well-drilled approach will again prove important.
"We are grouped with Brazil, Portugal and the Ivory Coast, but we will do our best with strong mentality and organisational power in order to send good news to our country and people," he added.