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Cahill: We won’t take backwards step against China

January 18, 2015 12:03:09 UK

Tim Cahill says Australia will not change their style of play against China.

Tim Cahill says Australia will look to take on China with a physical approach in their Asian Cup quarter-final on Thursday.

The Socceroos striker felt the team intimidated South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday and were unfortunate to lose 1-0.

We’re not fearful, we’re not going to take a backwards step.

Tim Cahill

They had the lion’s share of the chances but were unable to make any of them count in their final Group A match.

It leaves Australia with a quarter-final clash against China at the same venue, with the match expected to be even given that the two sides are just four places apart in the FIFA rankings.

Australia are 1.66 to beat China, who are 5.50 to win themselves, with the draw 3.50.

Like the Socceroos, China had already secured qualification after winning their first two games, seeing off Saudi Arabia 1-0 and Uzbekistan 2-1 in Brisbane.

Although they would have wanted to go through as group winners – and only needed a point against South Korea to do so – finishing second in Group A meant Australia knew their quarter-final opponents straight away while the Koreans had to wait 24 hours to find out whether they would be facing Saudi Arabia or Uzbekistan.

Cahill said of South Korea: “You could see the fear straight away. Even physical encounters, they were apologising when they were bumping into me.

“For me, the main focus was driving forward and making them feel like they’re in quicksand. That’s how it’s going to be when we play China; we’re not going to be side-tracked by teams, because we believe (in) the way we play.”

He added: “If we can really affect and change the way they play, we press them, get into their faces and run them into the ground, and play the football we know, we’re definitely going to cause them problems. We’re not fearful, we’re not going to take a backwards step.”

Cahill was left out of the starting line-up against the Koreans, coming off the bench with 19 minutes left, but is in line to return in the quarter-final.

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