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Asian Champions Trophy: Coach Reid’s big advice to Indian players ahead of semi-finals

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Coach Reid’s big advice to Indian players before the semi-finals

Dhaka. The Indian team will face Japan in the semi-finals of the Asian Champions Trophy hockey. Before this match, India’s head coach Graham Reid has given great advice to the players of the team. India defeated Japan 6-0 in the round robin league. Despite this, Coach Reid has advised his players to avoid complacency.

“We beat Japan 6-0 yesterday but the difference could have been 4-2 or even 3-2 if we hadn’t saved our chances in the last quarter,” Reid said in a virtual press conference the day before the match. Japan has been the Asian champion and we cannot take it lightly. We won’t have to give him any chance.”

Asked what he would tell the players to avoid complacency, the coach said, “Looking at the score from outside, it seems that there is a reason to be complacent but the players know how many mistakes they made in the last quarter. They also know how to avoid repeating these mistakes.” The coach, who won India a historic bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics, said his team will have to be prepared for every move by Japan. Praising the performance of the young players in the tournament so far, he said, “This is the first tournament after the Olympics and our aim was to give opportunities to the youngsters as well so that they can get the experience of playing at this level.” He has been doing well so far but as a coach I keep looking for possibilities of improving performance.

India captain Manpreet Singh said that teams enter the semi-finals and final matches with a lot of energy and Japan will also give a tough fight. “After the Tokyo Olympics, the first match in this tournament was against Korea which was a draw but since then we have registered a good win. Now if the energy level is different in the semi-finals and the final, then Japan will also do better. We are leaving no stone unturned in our preparation.” He said, “This tournament has been a good learning platform for the youngsters and they are trying to prove their worth with their performance as the next year is very busy in which we have a lot of important things. To play tournaments.

Describing the spread of the new variant of the corona virus, Omicron, and the challenges of living in a constant bio bubble, coach Reid said that these are very difficult times for coaching the international team. He said, “It is a difficult time for any international coach because the focus has to be on performance amidst strict protocols.” But now it has become a habit.

Captain Manpreet said, “We have been living in a bio bubble for almost two years. Being together has also improved the co-ordination of the team which is reflected in the performance. Now we do not take the pressure of it and maintain a positive attitude towards each other.

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