HWL: I believe we can beat Great Britain, if not I should head home, says coach Roelant Oltmans

Oltsman admitted that his forwardline need to be proactive against Great Britain on Thursday.

PTI| Updated: Dec 02, 2015, 19:28 PM IST
HWL: I believe we can beat Great Britain, if not I should head home, says coach Roelant Oltmans

Raipur: Great Britain start as favourites against India in the quarterfinal of Hockey World League (HWL) here tomorrow but home side chief coach Roelant Oltmans think otherwise and said if he does not have belief in the capability of his wards he should pack his bags and head home.

India have been inconsistent so far in the tournament and are yet to register a win. The hosts finished last in Pool B having managed just a draw against Olympic champions Germany.

World number four Great Britain, on the other hand, looked impressive and topped Pool A with two wins a draw.

"Great Britain can be beaten. If I did not believe that, I might as well go home," said Oltmans, when asked about India's quarterfinal match against Britain tomorrow.

Even though world number six India failed to register a win in the pool stages, Oltmas said the hosts showed they were capable of upstaging any side.

"We were not at our best against Argentina (in the opening match), but against the world number two (Netherlands) and three (Germany), we showed we have the ability to beat any team. We did not do that because of minute details," the Dutchman observed.

The India coach, however, admitted that his forwardline need to be proactive against Great Britain tomorrow.

India created numerous scoring opportunities in the three pool matches but failed to utilise them, scoring just two goals in the tournament so far.

"We missed chances, but don't forget, the top teams have some of the tightest defences in the world. This (lack of goals) has been a concern and we have talked about it in our team meetings. We will try to set the record straight against Great Britain," Oltmans said.

"Receiving the ball and picking a pass are crucial to creating and converting chances. It's all about having a cool head under pressure," he added.