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Exclusive: ‘We need to believe that we have good chance of winning’, Jannekke Schopman ahead of India vs China semifinal

Janneke Schopman mentioned that it was essential for her gamers to consider in profitable and benefit from the sport. Picture: X / @TheHockeyIndia

The Indian girls’s hockey group are set to face a tricky problem in opposition to hosts China within the semi-finals of the 2023 Asian Video games in Hangzhou, however head coach Janneke Schopman believes there isn’t any stress going right into a excessive voltage conflict.

India, led by Savita, started their marketing campaign in type, with a 13-0 win over Singapore of their first Pool match. That was adopted by a 6-0 win over Malaysia, and a gritty 1-1 draw in opposition to Korea.

Of their closing group stage match, India trounced Hong Kong with a 13-0 scoreline.

The final time the 2 groups met was within the FIH Girls’s World Cup in Netherlands final yr, after they performed out a 1-1 draw.

“I don’t think it is really (a pressure). I think we have talked a lot about the pressure of this tournament for us. We are the highest ranked team here. We did discuss you, what that does. The pressure of being the favourites, having to win to qualify. We know we just have to play hockey. That’s what I keep telling them, “can we just play and show up on the field, and show what we can do”, Schopman mentioned through the Mic Up section of the First Sports activities present hosted by Rupha Ramani.

Schopman mentioned that it was essential for her gamers to consider in profitable and benefit from the sport.

“I think we have a great chance of winning then, and maybe we still don’t win then. I can’t predict the future, but we need to believe that we have a very good chance of winning. They just need to play hockey and show the world what they are capable of because I think that’s what they deserve,” she added.

The semi-final between India and China takes place on 5 October (Thursday).

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