India’s coach Oltmans said that India are capable of beating Great Britain in the quarterfinals of the World Hockey League finals to be played tomorrow.
India has been inconsistent in the tournament losing 2 matches against Netherlands and Argentina while managed a 1-1 draw against Germany. India team finished last in their group while England had an impressive tournament so far winning 2 matches and drawing 1 topped Group A.
“Great Britain can be beaten. If I did not believe that, I might as well go home,” said Oltmans, when asked about India’s quarterfinal match against Britain on Thursday.
“We were not at our best against Argentina (in the opening match), but against the world number two (Netherlands) and three (Germany), we showed we have the ability to beat any team. We did not do that because of minute details,” the Dutchman observed.
“We missed chances, but don’t forget, the top teams have some of the tightest defences in the world. This (lack of goals) has been a concern and we have talked about it in our team meetings. We will try to set the record straight against Great Britain,” Oltmans said.
India were not able to convert the chances they got in the pool stages matches in which they scored 2 goals in the tournament so far.
India has good forward players in the form of SV Sunil, Akashdeep Singh and Ramandeep Singh. The Indian forwards must be proactive and if they play to their potentials then India can beat any side. India must take chances and also play positive hockey to defeat Great Britain. Last time they met Great Britain defeated India in the World Hockey League Semifinals.