Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh has said that if his team continues to perform consistently in this way, it will reach the final of the upcoming Tokyo Olympics. The last time the Indian team lost in the quarter-finals of the World Cup. Since then, the Indian team has greatly improved its game under the guidance of new coach Graham Reid. Manpreet said that last year was good for the team although there was no opportunity to play more at the top level. He said, “2019 has been good. We were fifth in the beginning and managed to retain it. After that our goal is to qualify for the Olympics which we have achieved. “Manpreet said,” For this we have done well all year. “Last year, nominated for the FIH’s best player of the year award, Manpreet Said that playing in the upcoming Pro League against the top teams like Netherlands, Belgium and Australia will give an idea of what level the team is at. At the same time, the Indian team will play against the Netherlands team on January 18 and 19 this month. After this, he has to play from Belgium on February 8 and 9 and from Australia on February 22 and 23. Pro league matches will benefit: Sreejesh Indian hockey team goalkeeper PR Sreejesh said that playing in the upcoming FIH Pro League will be beneficial for India before the Olympics. This will give the Indian team a good opportunity to prepare. The top teams of the world will participate in the Pro League.
The last time the Indian team lost in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
In this, the Indian team will start their campaign on January 18 with a match against the Netherlands. Sreejesh said that it would be important to reduce the pressure of the scoreboard by scoring goals in the Olympics and hence it is very important to improve this department before going to Tokyo. India defeated Russia 11–3 in the FIH qualifier to qualify for the Olympics. Sreejesh, one of the world’s best goalkeepers, is also expected to play this role in the Olympics. Sreejesh said, “Olympic qualifiers are history now and we have to think ahead now. The matches in the Olympics will be tough. We are ready to face all the top teams. “He said,” Now only a few months’ time is left. We have to look at all the departments. These include turning the penalty corner into goals, attacking and defending. We will have to work on a strategy to put the scoreboard pressure on our opponent in the Olympics with maximum goals. ” Top teams will participate Apart from India, eight other top teams will participate in the FIH Pro League starting on 18 January next month. Regarding this league, Indian hockey team captain Manpreet Singh believes that the Tokyo Olympics 2020 preparations will have to be assessed by performing against top teams like Australia and Argentina in the Pro League.Manpreet said, ‘The goal of the team is to be in the top two teams in their pool (Olympics).
Next year in the Pro League we have to play against the top teams like Australia and Argentina. Our performance against these two teams will decide how the team is doing before going to the Olympics. After that we will have to prepare accordingly. The Indian men’s team has been placed in Pool A alongside defending champions Argentina and world number one team Australia. Apart from these, India’s pool also includes Spain, New Zealand and host Japan.Manpreet said, ‘No group is easy in the Olympics.In terms of rankings, we are the third best team in our pool after Australia and Argentina, which makes our pool look a little easier. Pool B consists of teams from Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Canada and South Africa. The Indian captain further said, “There is not much effect of ranking in Olympics. No team can be taken lightly, we have to show our best game in all the matches of our pool, so that it will be known which teams will play in the quarter-finals. We still remember what happened against Canada (2-2) in Rio (2016). The Indian women’s team has been placed in Pool B where the world champions include the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa.