India needs to work on finishing and deep defense, says hockey team coach Graham Reid

BHUBANESWAR: trying to accomplish an unfinished task in the Tokyo Olympics Indian men hockey team coach Graham reid He wants strikers with incredible finishing skills and a heavily fortified defense.

The Australian oversaw India's entry into the four-year extravagance next year with victories over Russia in the FIH Qualifiers.

Reid was part of the team that won silver at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, but, as a coach, he had a disastrous campaign at the Rio 2016 Games, as the Kookaburras crashed in the quarterfinals.

Obviously, I have a pending business. You always dream of a podium at the Olympic Games. I was lucky to win one as a player and those memories are things you hold on to, Reid said after India confirmed his place at the Tokyo Games on Saturday.

Eight times champions, India qualified after defeating Russia 7-1 in the second game to win the 11-3 double-leg FIH Olympic Qualifiers together at Kalinga Stadium here.

That is what we need to contribute to this team and give it a great opportunity (in Tokyo), said the 55-year-old coach.

I told the players that we have nine months (before the Olympic Games). Our plan is to improve and improve. Focus on the process, the result will take care of itself.

Reid said his players will seek to polish his game in the coming months.

I think what we need to improve is to finish. We are creating many opportunities, which is great. But we need to make more profits.

Also in deep defense, we have to be more strict. We are still giving too many opportunities (to opponents), he said.

After opting for the inaugural edition last year, India will make its FIH Pro League debut against the Netherlands in January next year.

After Holland, India will receive Belgium and Australia in February before embarking on tours abroad.

Reid believed that playing against the best teams would be useful for his side in preparing the Games.

That is one of the things that Pro League does, which sets the competition schedule between now and the Olympic Games, he said.

It's great that we have a team of 33, which could have to become 32. The Pro League is a great opportunity to train for the Olympic Games and there are many games during that period.

If everyone plays all those games, they will be in their best form to play in the Olympics, Reid added.

The captain of India, Manpreet Singh, congratulated his female counterparts, who have also sealed an Olympic position by beating USA. UU. 6-5 together.

It's pretty good that women have also qualified. They did a great job and achieved the goal in the last minutes after falling 0-4. They deserve it, he said.