17 January 2020
Bhubaneswar: As Indian Men's Hockey Team is going to debut in the FIH Hockey Pro League to be held at Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar on Saturday, Captain Manpreet Singh is confident of a better performance.
Speaking to mediapersons today, Singh informed that the team has improved a lot in the last few years and the winning margin in Hockey is getting smaller. The fitness level of the team has also improved a lot since the last camp.
"In the last three weeks, we had to follow a given schedule which included workout at the gym and running as all were aware of how important the current year is for Hockey. First, there is the Pro League in which we have to face good teams and then there is Olympics, therefore, the team has focused to improve fitness in less time."
Chief Coach Graham Reid said that as India this year is going to face the top three teams in the world in the first three games that is all about improvement.
"We need to make as many new improvements as we can in the next seven months and for me, it is an opportunity to do that. We need to take every opportunity we get, grab as much learning as we can from each experience and apply to the next games that we play," he added.
"Every coach is always worried if you play someone in the top 10 - top 12 and that is the reality of Hockey now. Some people always ask what has moved with the game and I think that the biggest thing is now anybody in the 10 - top 12 rank can beat another. To pretend that you are not worried about the result is not true," said Reid.
However, he said that he has confidence in his players and if they play well they can compete with anybody.