Indian males’s hockey team will return to FIH Hockey Pro League motion once they tackle the Olympic Champions Belgium in a crucial two-legged contest on Saturday and Sunday at Sportcentrum Wilrijkse Plein in Antwerp.
Currently positioned second in the pool desk with 27 factors in 12 matches, the Indian team are coming off a profitable residence leg. After beginning their residence leg with a 5-4 win and a 3-5 loss towards Spain, the Indian team went on to safe match factors towards each team they played- Argentina, England and Germany.
Speaking forward of the two-legged tie towards the hosts Belgium, Indian Men’s Hockey Team Captain Amit Rohidas stated, “We’ve had a successful home leg, and I must say we have gone from strength to strength in the season so far. This will be the most important phase of the FIH Hockey Pro League. We will be facing two strong teams at their home, so it will be challenging. We also got a good amount of time at the National Camp in SAI, Bengaluru to introspect on our performances. From structure to finishing, we’ve worked on all the aspects of the game. The plan will be to simply repeat what we’ve done in the training.”
Meanwhile, Vice-Captain Harmanpreet acknowledged, “It’s been a great season so far. Many young players got a chance to play against top teams and they’ve grown with each match. We are in a good position, and our focus will be to carry forward the momentum we have gained from the home leg.”
The final time each groups confronted one another was in the course of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Semi-Final the place India misplaced 2-5 and Belgium went on to win the Olympic Gold medal.
“Look it was in the past, and this is a different stage. Of course, our aim will be to win both the matches and put ourselves in a strong position in the points table, but for that, we will have to play good hockey. Our focus will be on executing our skills,” Amit stated.
Belgium are additionally tied on the identical factors (27 factors in 12 matches) however are positioned third in the pool desk due to a lesser objective distinction in contrast to India.
“The points table is getting intense, and we’ve got only four matches left that too against teams like Belgium and Netherlands. This is the challenge we were waiting for. We will go all out against them,” concluded Harmanpreet, who’s at present the main goalscorer in the league.
The double-header between Indian Men’s Hockey Team and Belgium will probably be performed on Saturday and Sunday.
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