A necessary Indian revolution against France: La Tribune Inde

A necessary Indian revolution against France: La Tribune Inde

Bhubaneswar, December 4

With title defense hopes shattered, a demoralized India would seek to end its disappointment quickly and avenge its opener loss to France in the World Cup of Hockey bronze medal playoff junior FIH here tomorrow.

The defending champions’ quest for a second straight title came to an end after suffering a 2-4 loss to six-time-winning Germany in the semi-finals on Friday.

The Indian juniors must now raise their level of play and redeem themselves from their botched show against the Germans if they want to finish on the podium.

Sloppy in defense

Winners of the last edition, they no longer looked like themselves during the match against Germany. Consistency is something that was lacking in their game. For example, against Belgium in the quarter-finals, the Indian defense was extraordinary but the same backline was caught napping by the Germans.

Head coach Graham Reid was disappointed. “Germany has shown what we need to do on defense. They were in front, they tackled the ball well, they tackled as a group. If you’re going to win on the world stage at this level, the basics have to be perfect, ”said Reid after the loss.

Figures like Yashdeep Siwach, Vice-Captain Sanjay Kumar, Shardanand Tiwari and Abhishek Lakra clearly did not understand Germany’s moves.

Attack misfortunes

India’s only four shots on the German goal in the game – Germany managed 14 attempts on India’s goal – expose the fact that the connection between the midfielder and the front line is was also broken.

Penalty corners were India’s deadliest weapon in the tournament. But against a fluid German team, they could only win one, and that too wasn’t converted.

Bad decisions

“We created opportunities, but they weren’t of the quality,” added Reid.

India’s mistaken decision-making in the German circle is what the Australian regretted the most. “Smart players decide then and make better decisions. Our decision making was not good… At the end of the day, that’s what gives you results – the ability to make good decisions inside the circle, ”he said.

But the past is over. The next game against France is all there is to it and Reid wants his boys to put the pressure on their opponents on Sunday. “We have to go out on Sunday and avenge this first game we played against France,” said the coach. – TNS, Agencies



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