2012 Olympics Hockey: Captain Chetri says Indian team not learning from mistakes

Updated: Aug 03, 2012, 22:32 PM IST

London: Indian hockey captain Bharat Chetri says the team is not learning from its mistakes and it is becoming a serious problem after three straight defeats in the Olympic Games.

Dejected at the 2-5 defeat by reigning Olympic champions Germany today that left India at the bottom of the pool with no point from three outings, Chetri said errors were being repeated in one match after another.

"We are committing the same mistakes in every match," Chetri said.

"Errors have crept into our game. But instead of learning not to repeat them we just go on and make the same mistakes in the next game. It is not looking very nice," the captain said.

"This has become a serious problem, and it could cost us a lot more in the matches to come," he said.

Before today`s match against Germany, India suffered a 2-3 defeat by The Netherlands and a 1-3 reversal against New Zealand.

Ranked No. 10 the world, India are back in the Olympic arena after eight years as the men`s hockey team failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Coach Michael Nobbs said Germany today gave India a lesson in how to play attacking hockey.

"Germany deserved to win, but what they did today was give us a lesson in attacking hockey," Nobbs said, adding that Germany was one of the world`s best teams in defense but today`s display was entirely different.

"I did not expect such an attacking display of hockey by Germany, who are the premier defensive side in the world," he said.

Nobbs said there was "only an inkling of this in previous matches". The coach said India were not competitive for the third successive match.

"We`re improving in some areas, but we have problems in the team," said Nobbs, refusing to elaborate the issues.

The coach said India were not contenders for the semifinals, but wanted to give a good account of themselves.

"Getting back among the top teams is a long process, but we should have played better than what we have done so far," said Nobbs.

German coach Marcus Weise said the scoreline indicated the side`s domination.

"We were in control of the game for most of the time, but we lost a bit of it in the last 15 minutes," said Weise.

"We had lot of chances and even though we did not score from any penalty corner, we scored five field goals and that`s a good thing," he said.

Asked why was he not sounding happy despite Germany winning three successive matches and sharing space at the top of the table on nine points with the Netherlands, Weise said, "It`s not about happiness or satisfaction. It is about goals and getting results."

"I don`t know if I am happier today than I was two days ago. It does not matter if I am happy, we got the result and that`s the most important thing," the German coach said.

"We have three wins, which is nice, but nothing has been achieved yet," Weise said. "It`s not about my optimism or pessimism, it`s about the next task."