Tomi Juric has urged his Adelaide United teammates to maintain their selfless attitude and not let egos get in the way of a Reds’ title push this season.
A sore but happy Juric was on Monday basking in the glory of his first A-League goal since April 2015 but more importantly, the Reds’ first win of the new season, a 2-0 victory over Melbourne City at Hindmarsh Stadium on Sunday.
“It was just fantastic to have the fans on our side and be able to appreciate them and send them off with a win,” Juric said.
“Personally for me it’s been a rough couple of years so that one (goal) meant a lot, especially coming back home now … it was a really good feeling.”
Juric, 29, has battled with injuries and a lack of game in recent years in Switzerland and Bulgaria, and a result, is feeling the effects of two matches in a week.
“I’m definitely a little bit sore now. I haven’t played this many minutes for a long time,” he said.
“I’m happy in one point but the body’s not really on the same page as me. It’ll take a little bit of time for me to catch up.”
In his favour is the Reds’ schedule. Adelaide don\t play again until Saturday week when they visit Perth to meet the Glory.
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It will be the Glory\s first game of the season after being given more time to prepare for the campaign following two weeks of hard hotel quarantine last month on their return from AFC Champions League duties in Qatar.
The Reds will be intent on exposing the Glory’s rustiness, but won’t be complacent in their bid to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
“It’s a league not to be under-estimated,” Juric said.
“Every team can really beat anyone on a given day. If someone puts in a good performance, they’ll definitely be able to get the three points.”
It’s a humble, realistic and hard-working attitude that filters throughout the Reds squad.
“It’s a great bunch of boys. The best thing about it, and I’ve been around now for a while, and in Europe for a few years as well, is there are no egos in this changing room, which is a very big plus,” Juric said/
“It can do you a whole lot of good, and make sure you really push in the final parts of the season in important moments in games where everyone really does their part for each other,”
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