India's hockey coach Michael Nobbs is not mincing any words after the team's dismal performances so far at the Olympics. The Australian has complained about the attitude of a few of the seniors, saying players are more keen to "secure their future" by becoming Olympians.
"I am wondering if some of the players are just content to play in the Olympics and secure their future, not really play heart and soul for India. We have had up until now a good team with good results. So this is very frustrating for me," the India coach told IBN Live.
"A couple of the senior players just won't or are unable to understand what and how we want them to play, and that results in very poor defensive work. Each time we bring that player on, goals against us result, and soft goals. Frustrating, to say the least," he added.
India have no chance of a medal after losing their first three games— 2-3 against Netherlands, 1-3 against New Zealand and 2-5 against Germany.
"The other thing [that] concerns me is some of the players can't handle the pressure. Sandeep [Singh], three penalty corners now where he has just misflicked. This is unacceptable by any standards for our team. It's really frustrating for me. The thing is we play each second half well and each first half very poorly," Nobbs complained.
"We are not that bad but realism hurts."
Updated Date: Aug 05, 2012 16:42:05 IST