The hosts and defending champions Delhi Waveriders will face Dabang Mumbai in the ongoing Hero Hockey India League, on 1 February 2015 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. Both Dabangs and Waveriders will be looking for their first win of the tournament, as so far none of them have registered a win to their name.
Sitting at the foot of the points table with 5 points apiece, both Dabang Mumbai and Delhi Waveriders have played three games each, drawing two and losing one, in the League as of yet. With the next game scheduled between the two, the teams will step out on the turf with their best line-up and strategies to take on each other and gain a winning momentum. This is the first time in this season of the League that these two teams will be locking horns and bringing into play the most excellent of their tried and tested strategies and game approaches against each other.
Coached by the young German Valentin Altenburg, the newly crafted side Dabang Mumbai has some real star players in its line-up which will allow them to take on their opponent team with much fervour and confidence.
On the other hand, undeterred by the absence of their Captain – Sardar Singh, Delhi Waveriders will give their finest shot in the impending game with an aim to record a triumph and live up to the expectations of the Coach Cedric D’Souza and their very enthusiastic home crowd. Delhi Waveriders and Dabang Mumbai are ready with their finest hockey, promising to deliver an exciting game tomorrow.
Speaking on the upcoming match, Coach of Delhi Waveriders, Cedric D’Souza said, “This is an important game for us. We have worked on our plans and bettered it for the upcoming matches. The team has also worked on its defence and I am sure we will make a comeback in the next match.”
Commenting on the match, Delhi Waveriders’ Defender Rupinder Pal Singh said, “The next match is going to be very important for us. We have identified gaps in our performance, have worked to rectify them and I am sure we will not duplicate the same mistakes in subsequent games.”
Remarking on the impending clash, Coach of Dabang Mumbai Valentin Altenburg said, “I’m very satisfied on how the whole team works on their action goals. The game against Ranchi was a step in the right direction. Tomorrow we will take the next step. We will play the Dabang style with heart for 60 minutes and then we will see what is on the scoreboard.“
Confident ahead of the next match, Dabang Mumbai player Tom Boon said, “We have learnt a lot from our past games and now we are all set for the next match. We have worked on certain areas and will surely give our best to win this one as it is very important one for us. Delhi is a strong team but I am confident of a good show tomorrow.”
Delhi Waveriders will be host to Dabang Mumbai on 01 February 2015 at 1700 HRS IST, at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. (Full Schedule here) The match will be telecast LIVE on Star Sports.