Oltmans: 'Pleased with nine goals against China'

Indian hockey coach Roelant Oltmans was delighted with his boys' 9-0 win against China but is looking to win against host Malaysia in the next game.

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“Any coach will be pleased with his team scoring nine goals,” said coach Roelant Oltmans.   -  K. Murali Kumar

Indian hockey team coach Roelant Oltmans was a happy man after his side coasted to a 9-0 victory over China in the preliminary league outing of the fourth Asian Champions Trophy here.

“Any coach will be pleased with his team scoring nine goals,” said Oltmans as he prepared for tomorrow’s crucial fixture against host Malaysia, which is the other main contender for the top spot in the round-robin league standings.

India has 10 points from four matches, while Malaysia's on nine after three successive victories.

Host Malaysia will have one match — against South Korea — left after India finishes its preliminary league fixtures tomorrow.

“We know that the game against Malaysia will be a tough one. Playing Malaysia in Malaysia is a serious match for any side,” said Oltmans.

The semifinal line up will be known only after the league matches finish on Thursday.

“We always try and assess the strength and weakness in the opposing team’s game and try to exploit the weakness within our ability,” said Oltmans.

Malaysian coach Steven van Huizen said this match was critical in determining where his team would finish in the league standings.

“We respect India as a team. We’ll have to play well to match them,” said van Huizen.

He said the Malaysian team was aware that India's currently ranked sixth in the world, while Malaysia was placed at No. 14.

Malaysian player Fitri Saari put things into perspective with his interesting observation of “since we are eight places behind India in the rankings, we have to play eight times better to match them”.

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