Ante Milicic has wasted no time in reminding the Matildas of the great escape they needed to avoid what would've been a famous upset to Thailand in 2018.

Australia flexed their muscles with a 7-0 rout of Taiwan in their first pool match of the current stage of Olympic qualifying in Sydney on Friday.

Next up are Thailand, who had six put past them by a similarly ruthless China side in the first of the double-header in Campbelltown.

The Matildas then face the Steel Roses in the pool blockbuster on Thursday.

However, Milicic implored his team to narrow their focus for the Chaba Kaew, who led Australia heading into added time of their Asia Cup semi-final two years ago.

Only some late-game heroics from Alanna Kennedy and then-goalkeeper Mackenzie Arnold snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

Thailand are all but out of the running for the Tokyo Games after also going down 1-0 against Taiwan earlier in the week.

"It's easy now to say that they've lost two - How are they going to approach it?" Milicic said after the win over Taiwan.

"It's a team that's played at the World Cup. It's a team that less than two years ago, took our side to a penalty shoot-out, that we drew with after 120 minutes.

"So we won't be complacent against that kind of opposition."

Milicic is likely to rotate his squad for the Chaba Kaew, which could mean a start for star striker Sam Kerr following her bench cameo on Friday.

The likes of Alanna Kennedy and Emily Gielnik could join her in the run-on side.

Key midfielder Emily Van Egmond, who had three assists in the first half against Taiwan, was brought off after half-time in a bid to manage her workload.

"With two games in short succession, you need players that can back up at times, potentially play in a position or two," Milicic said.

"And I felt we got that with a few tonight."

Still, China remains Australia's biggest threat in their pool, and Milicic insisted he wasn't surprised by their shellacking of Thailand.

It came despite spending the past week quarantined in their Brisbane hotel due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

"Okay, the last week hasn't been great for them, unfortunately. But their preparation up to now has been unbelievable," Milicic said.

"I think any national team coach would love to have that kind of access to his players and playing against Australian-playing sides in the lead-up.

"Doesn't surprise us at all.

"I know that they're are very strong side, and we're looking forward to first putting in a good performance against Thailand, and then we'll focus on that game."