You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

We need to focus on our defensive structure, says Marijne

Press Trust of India  |  Madrid 

Indian women's team will need to focus on the defensive structure when it locks horns with hosts in the opening game of the five-match series here tomorrow, said chief

The Indian team had finished with a silver medal at the 5th Asian after having lost the final match to hosts 0-1.

India's attackers were in fine form at the tournament as and finished as the joint top goal-scorers of the tournament with three goals apiece.

Marijne said need to focus on keeping a tight structure in order to stop the opposition from scoring.

"We played very fluent in South and the forwards did a great job. However, these five matches against the Spanish team will help us in organising ourselves better when we don't have possession of the ball," he said.

"We will look at our defensive structure, and make sure that we don't concede easy goals against the opposition. If we can manage to defend well, then it will increase our chances of winning the match."

The World No. 10 side will be led by Rani Rampal, who has returned to the team after having been rested for the Asian held in South

The visitors have picked a full-strength squad as they look to build momentum ahead of the Vitality World Cup to be held from July 21 to August 5.

The Dutch believes will face a tough test from the home team who are currently ranked number 11th in the world.

"Our opponents are playing at home and are very well equipped in all parts of the pitch. They have been performing well recently and have made improvements in their game," said Marijne.

"It will be a tough test for our team but I am sure that the girls will give their everything to achieve the goal of winning.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 11 2018. 18:10 IST