World Cup Junior Hockey: Undefeated India Take On Spain in Quarters: The Indian hockey team is roaring and it should feel pride in the kind of performances that the world is getting to watch.
Their last pool match against South Africa was not as the team would have liked, but one cannot take away the victory from them.
In the Pool stage, the First match saw them rout Canada with the score card reading 4-Nil. Their performance was outstanding as a complete team. The second match against England, they won with the Indian team scoring 5 goals against 3 of England’s.
In the last game against South Africa, the team had to work hard, but winning never-the-less 2-1.
World Cup Junior Hockey : India’s Junior Head Coach Reacts
“I was surprised with our performance because we didn’t play to our potential after the first 15 minutes (against South Africa).
I always say that I don’t think about opponents, I am always concerned about our own methods,” India’s head coach Harendra Singh said after the South Africa game.
“We play simple one-touch hockey and that is what we should play. We just didn’t play simple hockey (against South Africa) but the good thing is that it has happened before the knockout stages,” he said.
“In a World Cup we can’t afford to take any team lightly.
We have defeated Spain twice in Valencia but here it is altogether different. Every participating team wants to win the World Cup,” Harendra said.
World Cup Junior Hockey : India’s Senior Team’s Chief Coach Advices
India’s Senior Team’s Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans, The manager of the junior Team, “The most important thing is to stick to our game plan.
If we would have used a little bit more brain, we could have scored more goals (against South Africa) and that is what we have to learn. If you can close the game we should close it. We shouldn’t give our rivals opportunity to come back into the game,” Oltmans said.
In the other Quarter Finals of the day, Belgium will go against Argentina, Defending champions Germany will face England and Australia will take on the Netherlands.
Wishing the Best Team Win