Indian men’s hockey coach Roeland Oltmans is delighted at his team’s outstanding performance at the Champions Trophy, and said it will boost their confidence to produce a better show at the Rio Olympics.
India settled for a silver medal in its best ever Champions Trophy performance after the spirited side went down 1-3 to world champions Australia in a summit clash penalty shootout in London on Saturday.
Oltmans praised his team for putting up a fine show after making their first appearance in the final of the showpiece event in the annual calendar. India had held Australia goalless in regulation period.
“I’m delighted with my team. By all yardsticks, their performance [in] the final was outstanding,” said Oltmans.
“I am proud of what we’ve been doing as a team. Our performance is getting better with every tournament. Any coach would be absolutely pleased with this Indian show.
“We’ll use the confidence gained here at the Champions Trophy to give a better display in the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro,” Oltmans said.
Oltmans said the way India performed in the title contest has boosted his faith of a fine show in the Olympics.
“Look at the way the boys raised their game to play a competitive final. It was just a day after we lost 2-4 to Australia in the league match,” said Oltmans.
“When you play the final you want to win it. We even had our chances,” he said.
“I’m happy with the silver medal. We can live with that, but last night I was not pleased with the manner in which the shootout was conducted.”