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Looking to secure 9th position: Manpreet

New Delhi: Keen to redeem some pride and finish inside the top 10 bracket, India team today sweated it out during the practice session and worked on the strategies ahead of their 9th-12th classification match of the Hero Junior Men`s Hockey World Cup against Argentina.

India skipper Manpreet Singh insisted that his team was looking to secure 9th position in the tournament.

"The team is putting in best possible efforts for the match tomorrow against Argentina. No doubt, the players are little disappointed about the loss against Korea yesterday, but we are looking forward to secure the 9th position in the tournament and have kept our hopes high," said Manpreet after the team`s practice session here at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

"We are focusing on a review of the previous matches so that we do not repeat the mistakes made," he added.

India crashed out of the quarterfinal race of the ongoing World Cup after being held to a 3-3 draw by Korea in their must-win Pool C match last night.

Talking about yesterday`s performance, Manpreet said, "We tried our best against Korea and had put forward fast attacks till the end, but ended up losing with a hard luck. Moreover, I was given a green card which turned the table round in the game. Any small or big change during the game affects the players and creates a huge impact on the overall match.

"Few of our players like Talwinder Singh, Amit Rohidas and Imran Khan played extremely well. The Korean players were very strong at their defense part, which was one of the major reasons for their victory."

The skipper, however, felt that the team structure need not be changed.

"As far as the team structure is concerned, I believe that we have a perfect team to compete against any opponent and I don`t feel that any kind of changes are required in the team structure," Manpreet said.

If India win against Argentina tomorrow, they will take on the winner of the match between Pakistan and South Africa in the 9th-10th place play-off match on Saturday.

From Zee News

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