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Our focus is on winning Asian Games and WC, says Marijne

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With a heavy calender lined up this year, Indian men's team chief has set his sights on retaining the Games crown to give his players ample time to prepare themselves for

has a heavy schedule this year with as many as four important international tournaments lined up in Commonwealth Games, Champions Trophy, and the season-ending FIH men's World Cup, besides the Azlan Shah Cup.

But for the winning and sits at the top of his agenda.

"I want to win and Those are my two objecives.

If you win the Asian Games, you become the first team in the world to qualify for So you get almost 2 years to prepare and that would be perfect. That's what we are aiming for," a determined told reporters here today.

Marijne said other tournaments will act as a preparatory platform in the pursuit of his team's goal which are Asian Games and


"But every tournament this year is important because the other tournaments will help us prepare for the big tournaments. So we are taking every tournament very seriously," he said.

"The we can use to prepare for The level is really high and that's good for us. It's really an honour to be a part of the last "

Since taking over the charge of the team four months back, Marijne has been experimenting with the squad in every tournament and the said the process will continue until he finds the right combination.

"During the tour, we had another group from the World League Finals and Cup and it also will be the same with the Azlan Shah and We have to think about the mental state of the players and their body," he said.

"We have good depth in the team. We have involved a lot of players in the last few months and we did that with purpose thinking about this year. In the tour a few youngsters made their debut," Marijne said.

"It's about finding a right mix of experienced and junior players. We want to have depth."

Marijne so far has had a successful outing with the Indian men's team, winning medals in both the World League Final and Cup under him.

"It's nice to win medals but it's important to stay critical to yourself because if you think everything is good you will not improve. If you are critical to yourself then you are making steps and that's what we are doing now," he said.

Asked whether he feels any outside pressure, Marijne replied: "No, I don't feel pressure. The highest pressure I feel is from myself. I want to win everything. But the most important is players want to win.

"They want to have a legacy and there is nothing beautiful than creating legacy. And you create legacy by winning medals."

Veteran is in the twilight of his career and is no longer a certain in the squad. Marijne also refused to comment anything on individual players.

"I never talk about individual players. I can't say anything about the announcements of team for Azlan Shah," he said.

"We look at every tournament in a different way. We try to have a combination of experienced and junior players in every tournament.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 17:10 IST
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