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India to clash with Germany in Volvo Invitational U-21 opener


New Delhi:  Keeping in-line with their international experience, the Indian junior men’s hockey team will look forward to make a positive start against Germany in the opening match of the Volvo Invitational U-21 (Men) 2015, to be played in Breda (Netherlands) tomorrow.

Both the teams are full of talented players who are gaining momentum to dish out a commendable performance as they seem in no mood to give the initial opening to the other team.

The Indian junior men’s team is eyeing yet another winning campaign in the tournament after claiming the Sultan of Johor Cup title second time in a row by defeating teams such as Australia, Great Britain and Pakistan in 2014.

After their winning campaign, they beat Australia and New Zealand again in the Test Series in Brisbane Australia in December 2014.

After facing Germany in the first match, the Harjeet Singh-led U-21 team will clash against Belgium, England, New Zealand and hosts The Netherlands and will surely aim to earn maximum points in the league matches.

Speaking ahead of their first clash against Germany, India Captain Harjeet Singh said, “Our team is looking forward to the first clash of the tournament and we will bring into play our strengths. We have undergone rigorous training sessions, which have improved our game and helped us to perform as a unit against top teams. The team is very excited and confident to face Germany and we hope to start off on a good note with a victory.”

Anticipating a good performance against Germany, Coach Harendra Singh said, “I am confident of a positive result and the team will put up a tough fight against Germany tomorrow. The boys will have to ensure that they attack and do not allow opponents to put pressure on us. We have worked hard on rectifying the mistakes and focussing more on strategies.”

The tournament is slated to be played between July 18-26.

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