Matildas coach Ante Milicic believes there’s up to 10 countries that can claim next month’s World Cup in France.
And Australia is very much one of them, even though several of his stars aren’t featuring at club level prior to next Tuesday’s squad unveiling.
Milicic will leave his Croatian base this weekend, returning to Sydney to outline an extended 25-woman squad to take to a training camp in Turkey.
The extra players will allow him to expose two more players to a high-performance environment, to make a last-minute switch, or to cover more easily in the case of injury.
“We all know in football, anything can happen. We've got to cover ourselves for possibilities,” he said.
The addition of two slots could be exactly what Chloe Logarzo and Kyah Simon need to make the camp.
The pair of attackers have been on the comeback trail from injury with just a handful of minutes since the W-League season ended in February.
Milicic confirming reports that Simon had an ankle issue.
"Match minutes has always been important for us. (Simon) did have that 30 minute appearance against North Carolina a couple of weeks ago,” he said.
"Unfortunately after this 30 minutes she didn't pull up as well as she would have liked (and) as we would have liked.
"We'll see how training goes this weekend and then they're the decisions that we're going to have to make.”
In the meantime, Milicic has been using his European base to scout players from Australia’s first-up opponents Italy at club level.
“The majority of the Italian squad is made up of players from Juventus, Milan and Fiorentina so I've gone and watched all those club sides live,” he said.
"They've had such a big investment in their women's program.
“You can see the professionalism … how organised they are at set pieces, they're tactically very flexible.
"They're an opponent that we're going to have to be at our very best to get a good result against because, as I mentioned, they've got some very good individuals.”
Milicic didn’t say whether he saw Italy, the world No.15s, in his list of “eight to ten” potential winners.
But after accepting a one-year contract extension that will see him lead the team through to the Tokyo Olympics, if Australia qualifies, he wasn’t talking down the Matildas’ hopes.
"We'll respect all our opponents, but make no mistake, there'll be a strong belief within this group that we can do really well."