Need to accelerate our learning from Europe tour, says hockey coach Reid

Antwerp, Mar 09 (PTI): National men’s hockey team chief coach Graham Reid feels India need to accelerate their learning from the Europe tour and tighten their defence in the build up to this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Reid is contended with his side’s performance in the just-concluded Europe tour, where India remained unbeaten.
The two-week tour was India’s first assignment since 2020, a year marred by the coronavirus pandemic.
“I’m pretty happy with the performance; I’m very happy with the way the tour was — from point of view of getting some international competition. That was really important,” Reid said following the conclusion of the tour on Monday. In the four-match tour, India secured a 6-1 win and 1-1 draw against Germany in Krefeld and then followed this up with a 1-1 draw and 3-2 win over Great Britain here.
The experience, Reid feels will be critical in their preparations for the Tokyo Games.
“We go back to Bengaluru from here and will be training there for a few weeks before we set out on another tour of our FIH Pro League matches in Argentina.
“I believe the next few months leading up to Tokyo is going to be busy for us with competition and some training in between where we will work on the things we need to.
“The Olympic year has well and truly started now for us and we need to accelerate our learnings,” the Australian said.
The coach said there were plenty of take-aways from the tour.
“Our performances against Germany was mixed. It was pretty good beating them 6-1, we took them by surprise and made good use of the opportunities, but we let too many penalty corners in.
“The second game saw better defensive efforts from us. The third against Great Britain was OK. It was a bit colder in Antwerp, different pitch and perhaps we didn’t play as well as we should have.

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