New Delhi: Canada hockey captain Ken Pereira has admitted that it will be extremely tough to beat India at their own backyard in the upcoming Olympic qualifiers to be held here next month.
"Indian side is always a strong team, they always play well at home, we saw them play in the recent Champions challenge and they looked very good. Few new players and a new coach but I am sure they are adjusting well," Pereira said.
"I am sure they will be ready to play at home, and after missing out on the last Olympics they are very motivated and ready to play," he added.
The two-time Olympian Pereira also said though Indian team is a good mix of youth and experience, his side was all prepared to face the hosts.
"Whenever you get to play at home its great and there may be a small advantage, but it does not mean other teams don`t have a chance. I do love the crowd in India as they really get into the games. It makes it very exciting and coming from Canada where the crowds are significantly smaller, it’s always fun," said the 39-year-old midfielder.
London Olympic qualifiers will be held at Major Dhyanchand Stadium here from February 18 to 26 and feature hosts India, Canada, Italy, Poland, Singapore and France in the men`s category.