Netherlands chief coach Jeroen Delmee believes his team will need to overcome inexperience as it aims to win its fourth trophy at the Men’s hockey World Cup, beginning here on January 13.
Three-time world champions Netherlands arrived in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday.
The silver medallists of the previous edition, who are being led by Thierry Brinkman, will complete their final preparations here before travelling to Rourkela where they will face Malaysia in their first match on January 14.
It will be interesting to see how we will overcome the challenges in the World Cup. I have full confidence in my team,” Delmee said.
After their match against Malaysia, they will face New Zealand in Rourkela on January 16, and will conclude their group stage campaign against Chile in Bhubaneswar on January 19.
“We will have to fight from game to game, and we will see where we end up in the tournament. Our first goal is to reach the quarterfinals, then the semifinals.
In the final, we will see how things go. Of course, if we get to the final, we hope we can turn things around and win the tournament. However, this time we have a completely different team and you cannot compare the current players with last time’s team,” Delmee said.
Among the 16 teams competing in the tournament are Australia, Belgium, the Netherlands, India, Argentina, Germany, New Zealand, England, France, Korea, Malaysia, Spain, South Africa, Japan, Chile, and Wales.