Marcello Lippi hit out at a "lacklustre" Guangzhou Evergrande after Wednesday's AFC Champions League 1-1 draw against Yokohama F Marinos.
The holders were not at their best against the Japanese outfit as Alessandro Diamanti was required to again come up with the goods and ensure Lippi's side a share of the spoils.
Diamanti levelled things up after Jin Hanato had given Yokohama a 21st-minute lead, though neither side could find a winner in a game of few chances.
Guangzhou opened their Chinese Super League campaign with a 3-0 win over Henan Jianye at the weekend but they came unstuck against the Japanese, leaving Lippi to question their will to win.
"Our performance was lacklustre today, partly because we had some injuries and we have played a few games over a short period of time," explained the Italian.
"However, our players are lacking the strong desire to win that they had last season. Obviously they have a different mental condition from last year."
Things could have been worse for Lippi however, had Melbourne Victory not denied Jeonbuk Motors with Kosta Barbarouses' 81st-minute equaliser to snatch a 1-1 draw of their own.
Lee Dong-Gook's brace looked set to have secured a second straight win for the visitors but their stalemate keeps them level with Guangzhou on four points in Group G.
Ulsan left it late to make it two wins from two in Group H, Yoo Jun-Su and Kim Shin-Wook scoring in the final five minutes to edge Kawasaki Frontale 2-0, while Western Sydney Wanderers picked up their maiden Champions League win thanks to a 1-0 victory over the pool's bottom side Guizhou Renhe.
In Group D, Sepahan produced a late fightback to edge Al-Hilal 3-2 and move within a point of leaders Al-Sadd - substitute Xhevahir Sukaj sealing the three points in injury time after Segundo Castillo and Thiago Neves had put the visitors 2-1 ahead before the break.
Al Sadd were held 1-1 by Al-Ahli after Grafite levelled within 22 minutes remaining while Tractorsazi Tabriz top Group C after their 0-0 draw with Lekhwiya at the Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium.
The Iranian side now lead by a point, despite ending the game within 10 men, with Al-Ain beaten 2-1 at Al-Ittihad in the day's late game.
Mukhtar Fallatah stole the show - scoring twice in the latter stages of the game to make amends for his earlier penalty miss and cancel out Asamoah Gyan's opener.
|Wenger criticism baffles Redknapp|
|Leicester must strengthen in window - Walsh|
|United not title contenders - Docherty|
|Koeman: Southampton youngsters will get a chance|
|Dyche empathises with Liverpool striker crisis|
|Cagliari turn to Zola|
|Rooney thanks Van Gaal for Christmas break|
|Cruzeiro offer Paulinho Tottenham exit chance|
|Carlisle´s wife grateful to Burnley|
|Katebe called up to Zambia AFCON squad|
|Cape Verde name AFCON squad|
|Finke names much-changed Cameroon squad|
|Grant omits World Cup troublemakers for AFCON|
|Blackpool striker Ranger goes AWOL|
|Allardyce relishing Mourinho meeting|
|Ashley fails to increase Rangers stake|
|Crystal Palace v Southampton: Koeman calls for focus|
|Warnock targeting striker in January|
|Chelsea v West Ham: Adrian vows visitors will attack|
|Heskey signs short-term deal at Bolton|
|Everton v Stoke City: Martinez eyes strong form|
|Juninho defends David Luiz|
|Burnley v Liverpool: Dyche defends Rodgers ahead of Turf Moor test|
|Arsenal v QPR: Wenger eyes festive momentum|
|Liverpool are growing in confidence, says Rodgers|
|Redknapp: Austin future could depend on survival|
|Martinez wants Everton consistency|
|Barca want Neymar until 2020, says agent|
|Jones undeterred by pressure of Liverpool starting role|
|Allardyce ´knows how to beat managers´ - Carroll|
|Jones playing for a new contract|
|China select Evergrande spine for Asian Cup|
|A-League Preview: Koren tips City to build|
|Khedira keen to fight for Real spot|
|Southampton confirm Elia deal|
|Cellino to remain as Leeds owner until after appeal|
|Manchester United v Newcastle United: Van Gaal demands domination|
|Van Gaal refuses to dismiss Bale speculation|
|Sunderland v Hull City: Bruce sure of Hull revival|
|Swansea City v Aston Villa: Lambert optimistic of away success|
|Agbonlahor red rescinded|
|Falcao depends on team-mates to perform - Van Gaal|
|Monk dismisses talk of Gomis move|
|West Brom v Manchester City: Pellegrini to experiment again|
|Xavi: I was ready for New York switch|
|Ibrahimovic fumes at awards snub|
|Irvine: No approaches for Berahino|
|Pearson determined to revive Leicester fortunes|
|League Two Preview: First host third as Wycombe meet Luton|
|League One Preview: Buoyant MK Dons eye more glory, Bristol City seek response|
|Championship Preview: Pritchard plotting to end Ipswich run, Bournemouth host Fulham|
|Kaboul place not guaranteed by captaincy - Pochettino|
|Koeman hopeful of Elia deal|
|Atletico president not ruling out Torres return|
|Swansea secure Oliveira signing|
|No excuses for Pellegrini|
|Walcott pace unaffected by injury|
|Former Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos backs Ronaldo for Ballon d´Or|
|Former PFA chairman Carlisle ´stable´ after serious incident|
|Balotelli remorse saved him from longer ban|
|Bayern midfielder Martinez ´on track´ with rehab|
|Pardew ´overjoyed´ at Gutierrez return|
|Spurs confirm Yedlin to join in January|
|Zeman sacked by Cagliari|
|Casillas: I´m going nowhere|
|Bruce demands McShane apology|
|Pulis would welcome Brighton talks|
|Buffon: Juve angry after Supercoppa loss|
|Arteta out until new year|
|Rangnick: Kampl deserves Dortmund switch|
|PFA offers support to Carlisle after serious incident|
|Napoli can mount title bid - Higuain|
|Cech´s agent urges Liverpool and Arsenal to make bid|
|Hart happy to be back to his best|
|Terry thrilled with ´revelation´ Matic|
|Perez rues ´unfair´ Tyne-Wear derby result|
|Khalfan Ibrahim returns from injury|
|Magath slams ´sensitive´ Fulham|
|´Limited´ attacking options inspire Postecoglou´s selections|
|Carlisle reportedly involved in serious incident|
|Primeira Liga Review: Braga leapfrog Guimaraes|
|Hughes upbeat despite Stoke defeat|