Penalty corners remain our strength: Argentina’s Peillat

Olympic champion Gonzalo Peillat believes rankings and previous accolades wouldn't matter at the 2018 Hockey World Cup in India.

Published : Nov 21, 2018 17:31 IST , Bhubaneswar

Argentina's dragflick specialist Gonzalo Peillat.
Argentina's dragflick specialist Gonzalo Peillat.

Argentina's dragflick specialist Gonzalo Peillat.

The Olympic Champion’s tag wouldn’t matter and Argentina will have to produce its best at the upcoming men’s hockey World Cup, believes dragflick sensation Gonzalo Peillat, who said converting penalty corners will remain the team’s strength.

“I don’t think being World No.2 or the Olympic Champions would matter here in this tournament as every other team would have come with the intention to win. We have to focus on every game and play our best hockey,” Peillat said, after arriving here on Wednesday.

“Everybody knows penalty corners will be our strong point and it’s important to give our 100 per cent in all aspects,” he added.

World No 2 Argentina on Wednesday received a warm welcome as it arrived here at the Biju Patnaik International Airport for the World Cup beginning on November 28.

“It will be a great tournament, playing in Bhubaneswar again in front of a crazy crowd, the entire team is looking forward to it and are very excited to be back,” said Peillat, who was part of the Argentina team that won the silver medal at the men’s Hockey World League Final last year.

Argentina has been grouped in Pool A along side Spain, New Zealand and France. It will begin its campaign against Spain on November 29 at the newly-renovated Kalinga Stadium here.

Argentina's men hockey team won Gold at the Olympics in Rio.

The Olympic Champion has a new chief coach in German Orozco, who replaced Carlos Retegui in early 2018 and is a former defender for Argentina having played the Olympic Games in 2000 and 2004.

“I think experience in the team is very good. We have played quite a few tournaments in the lead up to the World Cup under a new coach German Orozco and we have been performing well under him,” said a confident Peillat.

Argentina in the previous World Cup in 2014 at The Hague, Netherlands had finished third behind winner Australia and runner-up the Netherlands before it went on to win the Olympic gold in Rio.

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