Juric not concerned by China meeting

Tomi Juric says he will be purely focused on a Socceroos win when Australia meets China in the Asian Cup quarter-finals.

Juric has been recently tipped to move to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua in a big-money deal, but it is believed he has turned down the offer with a European destination his preference.

The 23-year old striker will come up against the Chinese at Brisbane Stadium on Thursday.

Juric said playing China made little difference to him as opposed to another nation.

“It’s no different to how I’m supposed to be feeling,” he said.

“Very, very simple. I’m going to go about my job to the best of my ability.”

Juric started for the Socceroos against South Korea last night, leading the line in place of Tim Cahill. The Western Sydney Wanderer played the full 90 minutes and had several chances but could not find the crucial goal.

“You can’t always score every game,” Juric admitted.

“But it was good to get 90 minutes under the belt and hopefully we can build on that. The boys that came on did well and made an impact and put pressure on the Korean backline. We’ve been talking about the impact of our substitutes and I think they did a good job tonight as well.”

The Socceroos could have finished top of Group A and headed to Melbourne, but the loss to Korea means staying in Brisbane and a showdown with China. If Australia gets past the quarter-final stage they could meet Japan in a semi-final in Newcastle.

“It was obviously a tough game and a disappointing result,” Juric said.

“We wanted to come away with the win tonight but unfortunately that’s not the case. It’s put us in a different position to what we we’re expecting to be. But that’s football, we have to move on from here and take each next game as it comes.”