”You never know what is going to happen with COVID, we talked about it during the pre-season, about expecting the unexpected.
”We have had a few meetings this week to change things and rechange schedules and they take it in their stride, they are in a really good space.”
Surely switching opponents at such short notice creates tactical difficulties?
”There are a few problems,” he admits. ”But we have been really focused on ourselves, especially for the first game trying to impose ourselves on our opponents. The preparation has been about us, how we are going to play.”
He will be looking to star signing Lisa De Vanna, a Matildas legend, to help younger teammates adapt quickly to the changed circumstances against a Roar side that is chock full of Matildas regulars.
”Lisa has added a lot. As a player she is really dynamic, a real threat to opponents, a goalscorer.
But what’s been more important to us so far is the way she has been around the squad. She drives the intensity at training and games, she doesn’t accept any passengers around the place and the girls have really got themselves around her.
”It’s been really good. She’s got her own unique way of doing and saying things, but it’s been really effective and accepted by the rest of the group around us.”