Bhubaneswar: Addressing mediapersons at the pre-match press conference here today, Singh said that his team is ready to take on any challenge thrown by the Netherlands and answer the call of 1.3 billion Indians in the World Cup quarterfinal.”Hoga to wahi jo hum chahenge,” Harendra declared when asked about Thursday’s crucial encounter with Netherlands.
Indian team is mentally and physically ready. We have done our homework on Dutch team’s attack. Whatever challenge they throw, we are ready to solve that, not just accept it.”
“Indian team has made history in the last six months. You have to face every team, it is a World cup. You are bound to play the top team,” he added.
He added that penalty corner conversion is an area of concern for the Netherlands which they would try to explore. “Penalty corners is their grey area. We don’t ignore Holland outright. From 1971 to 2018, their base of hockey is penalty corners. India is ready to address that challenge.”
“I agree that we have dropped our intensity during the course of a game, which we cannot afford against a team like Holland,” he said. “I have told them to keep that intensity not just for 60 minutes but 74 minutes, including half-time and quarter-breaks.
India captain Manpreet Singh said they are determined to create a history. “If you talk about Olympics it was two years ago. The team has improved, especially since Harry sir (Harendra) has come. We are playing attacking hockey. We want to change history. The focus is that we don’t leave out even the 50:50 chances.”