“You never know what’s going to happen to Cavid, we talked about the unexpected expectations about it in the pre-season.
“We’ve had a few meetings this week to change things and reconsider the schedule and they’ve taken it in their stride. They’re in really good places.”
Surely changing opponents in such short notice creates strategic difficulties?
“There are some problems,” he admits. But we are really focused on ourselves, especially the first game trying to impose on our own opponents. The preparation was about us, how we play. “
He wanted to sign Matildas legend Lisa de Vana, to help young teammates quickly adapt to the changed situation against the Matildas regular serving Roar team.
”Lisa added a lot. As a player he is really dynamic, the real threat to the opponent, a goal scorer.
But by far the most important thing to us is the way he is around the squad. He runs intensively in training and games, he takes no passengers in space and the girls really came around him.
“It’s been really good. He’s got his own unique way of doing and saying things, but it’s been effective and acceptable by the group around us.”