India will play Canada in their last pool engagement today, while Belgium will be up against South Africa. With one win and a draw, India are currently placed on top of Pool C ahead of Belgium on account of better goal (+4) average than the Olympic silver medallist.
The top team from each of the four pools will qualify directly for the quarterfinals while the second and third-placed sides will play the cross-overs for a spot in the last eight.
India’s analytical coach Ciriello – one of the world’s best drag-flickers when he’d played for Australia emphasised on the importance of converting penalty corners as well as defending them.
“We have got a good balance of good direct flickers. There are three good flickers (Harmanpreet Singh, Amit Rohidas and Varun Kumar).They can score goals. It’s a matter of who fits well against what team. We are working with the strikers, trying to get field goals as well as penalty corners,” said Chris.
“It’s important for us to focus on the push and the trap. Everyone talks about drag-flick. If you don’t have a quick pusher, it won’t help the drag-flickers.” the Australian said.
Having won the World Cup with Australia in the last edition at The Hague, Netherland, Ciriello said:
“It eventually comes down to finer details as both the teams had their chances. Spain were a good team and now they are going home.”