World ranked fifth, India will take on the Asian Games Medallist Japan who are ranked 18th, in the semi-finals of the FIH Men’s Series Finals on Friday.
Japan and India have so far played 83 games, where India have won 75 with Japan winning four and drawing four games. India last beat Japan 3-2 at the Azlan Shah Cup in March.
Japan hockey head coach Siegfried Aikman said he was confident of his team overpowering India in their semi-final clash in the ongoing FIH Series Finals.
“We strongly believe we can win. We will do everything to win,” Aikman said during a pre-match press conference here on Thursday.
Siegfried Aikman acknowledged that India is a good team statistically, but he also stated that anything can happen in modern hockey and anyone can beat anyone on a given day.
“Statistically, India should win. But if that happens in sport, it will be boring. An underdog can flip the script in hockey and thats what makes it interesting,” he said.
“We will have the strategy to win. If I share the strategy with you, I can give it away. You can come tomorrow to watch, then you can see it and be surprised.” said Siegfried.
Japan will compete with India in the semi-finals on Friday.