Preview: Defending champions India will survey to open their 5th Asian Champions Trophy campaign with a convincing performance as they face hosts Oman in their opening match at the Sultan Qaboos Sports actions Complex on Thursday.
World No. 5 India walk into the tournament because the most sensible seemingly ranked Asian nation, and is perhaps taking a survey to leap relieve from their subdued bronze medal attain at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta.
India beat Oman 7-Zero when the two teams met the closing time for the length of the Seventeenth Asian Games 2014, nonetheless chief coach Harendra Singh believes that going via the hosts will be a appropriate test for the Indian crew ahead of different mandatory round-robin pool matches.
“We’re very inflamed to commence our Asian Champions Trophy campaign against Oman, who will be playing in entrance of their home crowd. The opening match will be a appropriate test for us ahead of some mandatory pool matches against the likes of Malaysia, Pakistan, Japan and South Korea,” Singh mentioned in an announcement.
“It’s important for us to commence the competition by doing the basics appropriate and producing our very most sensible performance in repeat to develop momentum for the upcoming fixtures,” he added.
India walk into the tournament because the defending champions, having acquired the 2016 model by defeating Pakistan Three-2 within the final in Kuantan, Malaysia.
However the coach believes that the crew wants to minimise errors within the event that they are to gather the coveted trophy once more.
“We know that we now devour a appropriate crew which is positive of defeating any country on this planet, nonetheless now and once more things attain no longer walk your method. Therefore, it is a necessity for the unit to defend their focal level correct via the 60 minutes and no longer give the opponents any probabilities.
“We have to originate clear that that we now devour improved from the mistakes that we committed at the 18th Asian Games, and this tournament presents us the becoming opportunity to gather self perception ahead of the World Cup in Bhubaneswar. Our instant goal is to qualify for the semi-finals of the competition and the crew will work stressful to enact that,” he mentioned.
After playing Oman within the first match, India will face arch-opponents Pakistan on October 20, Japan on October 21, Malaysia on October 23 and South Korea on 24 October.
The closing model of the tournament seen India remain undefeated as they beat Japan 10-2, drew 1-1 with South Korea, beat Pakistan Three-2, beat China 9-Zero and Malaysia 2-1 within the Pool phases, while winning their semi-final game against South Korea 5-four in Penalty Shootout.
India and Pakistan devour every acquired two titles every and is perhaps taking a survey to gather a story third time.
On Thursday, World No.12 Malaysia will face 2018 Asian Games gold medallists Japan within the first match, adopted by India taking on the hosts within the second game.
Updated Date: Oct 19, 2018 00:21 AM