The Indian males’s hockey staff must work on its defence, mentioned coach Graham Reid. Reid mentioned that the most important studying he took from their just lately concluded tour of Europe was that the staff permits the opposition to come back again into the sport within the center durations of matches too typically.
“We will go over the data from this tour once we return to SAI, Bengaluru but the first things that requires attention is making sure we tighten our defence. We allow them (opponents) to come back in the middle (of the game) a bit too much. The last match was a little bit better. We are starting to make some ground on that,” mentioned Reid in a launch from Hockey India.
“We go back to Bengaluru from here and will be training there for a few weeks before we set out on another tour of our FIH Pro League matches in Argentina. I believe the next few months leading up to Tokyo (2020 Tokyo Olympics) are going to be busy for us with competition and some training in between where we will work on the things we need to. The Olympic year has well and truly started now for us and we need to accelerate our learnings,” he mentioned.
India secured a 6-1 win and 1-1 draw towards Germany in Krefeld, Germany. They adopted this up with a 1-1 draw and 3-2 win towards Great Britain in Antwerp, Belgium.
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“Our performances against Germany were mixed. It was pretty good beating them 6-1, we took them by surprise and made good use of the opportunities, but we let too many PCs in,” mentioned Reid.
“The second game saw better defensive efforts from us. The third against GB was OK. It was a bit colder in Antwerp, different pitch and perhaps we didn’t play as well as we should have. But the last game (where India beat GB 3-2) was first-class. We led most of the game, came back twice from a stalemate, scored in the last few minutes which is a really important thing to get over,” he additional mentioned.
India’s Pro League tie towards Argentina can be held in Buenos Aires on April 10 and 11.