‘Need to avoid complacency in Asian Champions Trophy’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2018 14:38:35



EVEN as the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-final of the 18th Asian Games still lingers on at the back of Manpreet Singh’s mind, the midfielder urged the Indian hockey team to guard against complacency as they prepare for the Asian Champions Trophy from October 18.
Manpreet, who was named the India skipper for the tournament, conceded that they were “slightly overconfident” of being the continent’s number one team during the Asiad but wants his side to avoid such things going in to the Asian Champions Trophy.

In the Asian Champions Trophy too, World No 5 India are the highest ranked side among the participating nations.
“It was a tournament we should have won and the disappointment of losing to Malaysia in the semi-final still haunts us,” stated the midfielder.

“At the Asian Games, I think we were slightly overconfident that we are Asia’s No.1 team and this complacency is what we need to avoid during the Hero Asian Champions Trophy Muscat 2018 if we want to retain the title.

“Post the semi-final loss, the team had several meetings to understand where we went wrong and watched the videos from that match numerous times. When we regrouped for the national camp, we told ourselves it’s time to move on and we cannot let the past affect our chances at the upcoming two big tournaments,” he added.