Juric happy with performance but wary of the threat Sydney pose

Tomi Juric on field
Photo: Adelaide United

Adelaide United defied the odds yesterday, stunning the much-fancied Brisbane Roar 2-1 to advance to the semi-finals.

Striker Tomi Juric, who netted a first-half double for the Reds, spoke to the media this morning and was happy with his performance. But he is keeping an eye on what is to come this weekend.

“Yeah it’s fantastic for me obviously [to score two goals] on a personal note,” Juric said.

“But nevertheless, it was important for us to go through to the next round. We have a really difficult game for us waiting on Saturday night.

“I think it’s going to be a little bit harder than this last match obviously because Sydney is a fantastic side over the last few years in the competition so yeah a real test for us.”

Adelaide were heavy underdogs coming into the clash yesterday with both Craig Goodwin and Kusini Yengi both out. However, Juric stated that despite the side losing two important players, they have more than enough quality in the squad to get results.

“Yeah look I mean it’s never great when you lose important players from your squad so it’s a difficult position to be put in.

“But I think we handled it great as a team, as a club as well. We stepped up and everyone who needed to do their job on the game and on the day did it well.

“The boys that came in really grinded out the result. What we really needed to do was to get through to the next round and we did that.”

Throughout the season, the Reds have had their fair share of doubters, despite finishing inside the top six. Juric believes that the result against the Roar yesterday goes a long way in showing that the squad have what it takes to go far in the finals.

“If you look back on the course of the season a lot of people have been saying the same thing over and over again and never really given us a chance.

“I think that yesterday afternoon we showed we have what it takes. Now it is just up to us to really kick on from here. Make sure we put in a good performance and give ourselves every chance to go through to the next round.”

Having struggled with his fitness, Juric was pleased to get a nice 10-day break after their 2-2 draw with the Western Sydney Wanderers. What it did allow is for Adelaide’s No.9 to boost his fitness levels and it showed in his performance on the pitch.

“Since day one I have been sort of struggling to get my fitness up to scratch and have just been playing catch up. So it’s given me a good opportunity to get me up to scratch with the boys.

“It showed the other night. I mean I felt pretty fresh I felt pretty good, hopefully, I can kick on from here and continue that.”

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With some of United’s firepower missing, much was expected of Juric to carry the team on his shoulders. However, the 29-year-old did not feel any extra pressure to perform with others out of the team. Whilst stating that the squad has depth to carry them in the finals.

“No, no I don’t, I don’t think anyone feels that way [pressure to perform], that they have sole responsibility of carrying this team.

“We have shown through the year that we have the players to step up. In games when we haven’t been performing our best, someone always comes out and put the ball in the back of the net and got us three points.

“I think that as a unit I think that’s our best strength and that’s something we need to use.”

What the win over the Brisbane Roar did, was set up a showdown with Sydney FC. They thumped the Reds the last time the sides met 4-1 thanks to a double from Adam le Fondre. However, Juric is confident that his side will fix those mistakes that cost them so dearly last time out.

“That’s something we are going to look at this week. I think we will adjust a few things and look back on that game and analyse that. Make sure that doesn’t happen this weekend but it’s going to be a fine line.

“These games are won in moments and whoever grabs those moments I think will get into the final”.

It was a superb win for Adelaide United. It sets up a mouth-watering clash with Sydney FC this weekend for a spot in the final.

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