Gearing up for the Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2014, the Indian Men team was seen practicing at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar on Pitch 2 which is the new pitch in the stadium and used for the first time by the team today.
Playing their first match against Germany on the inaugural day (Full Schedule of Champions Trophy is here), India team looked upbeat to beat Markus Weise coached team. Under Roelant Oltmans guidance the team was seen practicing and fine tuning their skills on the field today.
On the other hand, post a practice session at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi yesterday, the Netherland’s team was seen practicing at the Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar today morning. Playing their first match against Argentina, the team looked confident and believe that they have the resources to deliver the goods in the Champions Trophy, which will be aired live on Ten Sports in India.
Speaking on the sidelines of the practice session, Indian local boy Birendra Lakra said, “I am excited and looking forward to play on my home ground and in front of my home crowd. I will look at giving my best and support Sardar Singh at the mid field position. The team is looking confident under Roleant and he is helping us in closing the loops and giving us tips which we are inculcating in our play. Playing against Germany on the first day, the team is confident of a win and we are putting our strategies together by watching videos and our last few clashes against them”
Speaking on the upcoming tournament Indian Forward Lalit Upadhay said, “I am confident for the upcoming tournament and I am looking at playing and contributing towards the winning form that the team is in. I am proud to be a part of this team who is full of confidence to take on any challenge on the field today. We are improving ourselves each day and I am sure Germany will have a tough time against us on Saturday”
Speaking on the occasion Dutch Goal Keeper, Japp Stockmann said, “We are eight times gold medalists of Champions Trophy and are looking at taking the number up this time. The team is confident of achieving the goal set. Under Carlos we are improving and looking like a strong bunch under his guidance”
Commenting on Roelant Oltmans and the Indian Team, Dutch Captain Robert Horst said, “He is a very good coach and has been with the team for long now. He has a massive track record and I am sure the Indian team under him will give us a tough time. The Sardar Singh’s team has been doing well,their recent performances shows it all.“