India males’s hockey group coach Graham Reid feels they should tighten defence in construct as much as Tokyo Olympics

India males’s hockey group coach Graham Reid feels they should tighten defence in construct as much as Tokyo Olympics

Within the four-match tour, India secured a 6-1 win and 1-1 draw towards Germany in Krefeld after which adopted this up with a 1-1 draw and 3-2 win over Nice Britain.

India men's hockey team coach Graham Reid feels they need to tighten defence in build up to Tokyo Olympics

File picture of Graham Reid. AFP

Antwerp: Nationwide males’s hockey group chief coach Graham Reid feels India must speed up their studying from the Europe tour and tighten their defence within the construct as much as this yr’s Tokyo Olympics.

Reid is contended together with his facet’s efficiency within the just-concluded Europe tour, the place India remained unbeaten.

The 2-week tour was India’s first task since 2020, a yr marred by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am fairly pleased with the efficiency. I am very pleased with the way in which the tour was — from standpoint of getting some worldwide competitors. That was actually essential,” Reid mentioned following the conclusion of the tour on Monday.

Within the four-match tour, India secured a 6-1 win and 1-1 draw towards Germany in Krefeld after which adopted this up with a 1-1 draw and 3-2 win over Nice Britain.

The expertise, Reid feels might be crucial of their preparations for the Tokyo Video games.

“We return to Bengaluru from right here and might be coaching there for a couple of weeks earlier than we set out on one other tour of our FIH Professional League matches in Argentina.

“I imagine the following few months main as much as Tokyo goes to be busy for us with competitors and a few coaching in between the place we’ll work on the issues we have to.

“The Olympic yr has properly and really began now for us and we have to speed up our learnings,” the Australian mentioned.

The coach mentioned there have been loads of takeaways from the tour. “Our performances towards Germany was blended. It was fairly good beating them 6-1, we took them unexpectedly and made good use of the alternatives, however we let too many penalty corners in.

“The second recreation noticed higher defensive efforts from us. The third towards Nice Britain was okay. It was a bit colder in Antwerp, totally different pitch and maybe we did not play in addition to we must always have.

“However the final recreation (the place India beat Nice Britain 3-2) was first-class! We led a lot of the recreation, got here again twice from a stalemate, scored in the previous couple of minutes which is a very essential factor to recover from,” he mentioned.

Reid identified that the defence nonetheless stays a gray space for India.

“… however the first issues that require consideration is ensuring we tighten our defence. We permit them (opponents) to come back again within the center (of the sport) a bit an excessive amount of. The final match was just a little bit higher. We’re beginning to make some floor on that.”

“We’re entering into the 25-mark loads, we discovered that in our FIH Professional League matches too however we have to get higher returns from our 25 entries. Convert them into circle entries, purpose pictures, and penalty corners,” he mentioned.

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