Indian National Hockey Team head coach Roelant Oltmans has fired a warning to his team against complacency when they face Malaysia in the quarterfinal of the Hockey World League Semi-Final on Thursday.
The sixth best team in the world, India will start as the odds-on favorites against the 14th placed Malaysia but the 0-1 defeat against the underdogs last month in the Azlan Shah Cup Oltmans’ men would be fresh in the minds of the Indians heading into Thursday’s contest.
“We need to play with caution and give no room for mistakes because even a little bit of complacency in the knockout stage will put us out of the tournament. Malaysia is a good side and no opponent can be taken lightly.” Oltmans stated.
He is pleased with the performances of his strikers so far in the tournament, but the Dutchman insisted that India need continue with their improvement with every game.
“This has been a good aspect for us with the team scoring some fantastic field goals and I am pleased with how the forwards have done so far.” he further added.