The Indian crew will face Canada on Saturday. © Facebook
The Indian crew will face Canada on Saturday, aiming to ebook a berth within the quarter-finals of the Hockey World Cup 2018. The hosts, who prime their pool, are equal on factors with Belgium. However, a win in opposition to Canada will take India a step nearer to reserving a direct spot within the ultimate eight. For that to occur, not solely will India must beat Canada but in addition hope that Belgium do not have a greater purpose distinction on the finish of the group phases. India coach Harendra Singh has set a goal of not conceding any targets in opposition to Canada — who’re but to win a match this event. He additionally mentioned that he needs his facet to keep up the highest spot within the Pool C.
“The team will be playing a different kind of hockey tomorrow. We have a target and we have to achieve it,” Harendra Singh said.
“We want India to finish at the top of Pool C and do not want the Indian defenders to concede any goal in the coming match against Canada,” he added.
“The team is in a better position in terms of goal average compared to Belgium. So, there is no need to think more on that. Let’s see how Belgium is performing,” he added.
National team skipper Manpreet Singh has additionally confirmed confidence in his facet and mentioned that the 5 days break has helped them consider health and research the opponent’s play.
“We got five days break after the match against Belgium. While we concentrated on fitness, we also got time to study the opponent team,” he mentioned.
India had defeated lower-ranked South Africa whereas performed out a draw in opposition to superior-ranked Belgium in their previous outings.
(With IANS inputs)