India hockey coach Roelant Oltmans confident of success in Champions Trophy
Bangalore: With less than 10 days to go for their opening match in the FIH Champions Trophy in London, Indian men's hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans said he is eyeing a top three finish in the high-profile tournament.
"Everybody knows we are good in the knockout stage. But Champions Trophy this year will be slightly different and we need to finish top two to play the final and be top four to play for bronze.
"It will be interesting to see how our players will cope to this situation and face the challenge. Our realistic expectation is to finish in the top three.".
India will face Germany in the opening match on June 10 and Oltmans stressed on the need to address issues in the team's defence
"It (Defence) is the key to a team's success at a tournament. There are times when you can't score too many goals to win a match but you can certainly win by avoiding the opponents to score," he said.