Harpal Singh Bedi
New Delhi: India will have to put behind the 1-7 Australian thrashing and put their acts together as they face Spain in their third match of the Tokyo Olympics at Oi Hockey Stadium on Tuesday.
A victory on Tuesday will virtually assure India a place into the quarters but a draw or a defeat will complicate things for them.
Manpreet led side will have to convert even half chances while playing attacking game. Defenders will have to be careful against conceding the penalty corner while forwards will have to create more openings.
“it’s going to be a challenging match for us, but we are up for it. All we have to do is to keep things simple and play to our strengths.” said skipper Manpreet Singh
“As I said earlier, we are taking one match at a time, and we need to keep improving every day on a platform like this. Spain is also a very good team, and definitely, it will not be easy”
Talking about match against Australia, the versatile mid fielder said ‘ “We knew it was going to be the toughest game for us, and I feel we lagged somewhere.”
“The story would have been different if we had converted those early chances, and I think converting chances in the early stages of the match plays a very important role.
“But, in the end, you must respect your opponents, who played better hockey on the particular day.” he admitted
India had opened their campaign with a hard fought 3-2 win over New Zealand.