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Retaining No.1 standing in Asia is tip priority, says Manpreet Singh

India hockey skipper Manpreet Singh on Sunday pronounced his group will demeanour to keep their No.1 standing in Asia when they open their debate opposite Japan in a Hero Asia Cup 2017 on Oct 11.

India will go into a contest as tip ranked group and will take on Japan, Bangladesh and Pakistan in their Pool A matches to validate for a Super 4s stage.

After a 6-week inhabitant stay underneath a superintendence of Hockey India’s High-Performance Director David John and newly-appointed Chief Coach Sjoerd Marijne, a 18-member patrol is well-prepared to strive for tip honours.

“We are wakeful that we go into this contest as a top ranked group and we aim to keep adult a No.1 status,” 25-year-old Manpreet pronounced forward of a team’s depart for Dhaka in a early hours today.

“However, each group will come with a goal to win a pretension so we can’t take any group easily meditative they are ranked reduce than us.”

The Indian Men’s group also clocked in some good use matches opposite a Indian Army patrol over a final week to safeguard well-rounded preparation.

“We have lerned good in a lead adult to a tournament. Our new Chief Coach Sjoerd is happy with a structure and character of play, so he has not attempted to change too many aspects,” Manpreet said.

“We trust while we play teams like Japan, Bangladesh or even Pakistan, we only need to hang to a basis and play elementary hockey.”

After violence their arch-rivals twice during a Hero Hockey World League Semi Final in Jun this year, India will again accommodate Pakistan in their third Pool A compare on Oct 15 in a much-anticipated encounter.

“Yes there will always be expectation and fad for a lovers of a competition to watch an India Vs Pakistan match.

But for us, a aim is elementary — kick each group in a pool and make it to a subsequent stage,” Manpreet said.

On Oct 11, India will take on Japan in their initial Pool A match.

Article source: http://www.thehindu.com/sport/hockey/retaining-no1-status-in-asia-is-top-priority-says-manpreet-singh/article19823386.ece