Experienced defender Scott Chipperfield expects Australia to make changes, even at his own expense, for their make-or-break 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ game against Ghana on Saturday.
Left-back Chipperfield was part of an Australian back four left badly exposed in last Sunday's 4-0 rout by Germany, but the Australians are looking to bounce back and beat the Ghanaians, who are three points ahead of the Socceroos after their 1-0 win over Serbia last weekend.
Swiss-based Chipperfield, who at 34-years-old is likely to be playing in his second and final FIFA World Cup, knows his place is on the line, but he expects the Socceroos to bounce back against Milovan Rajevac's side.
"I expect there will be changes because it was a disappointing performance," Chipperfield said. "All spots are under pressure and I don't think anyone can put their hand up and say they were happy with their game, so I think everyone in the starting team is under pressure.
I don't think anyone can put their hand up and say they were happy with their game, so I think everyone in the starting team is under pressure.
"For me, sometimes I had two or three players coming at me and it made me look bad, but there are times when there is not much you can do and you can only do your best."
Chipperfield, a veteran of 66 internationals since 1998, said it would be a test of character against Ghana, with Australia having won four and drawn one of their six internationals against them. "Ghana are an unpredictable, strong team, fast all over the park and they are confident after their 1-0 win against Serbia. That may play into our hands as they have nothing to lose," he said.
"When you have bad days then it depends on how you bounce back to determine how good we are. I know we're a good team, we did well to qualify and hopefully we can bounce back. We know that if we win against Ghana the press will turn around and get behind us."