Argentina come into the Junior Hockey World Cup as the Pan American champions and will be eyeing a second world title after 2005 but for coach Carlos Geneyro the primary aim is to reach the semi-finals of mega-event to be held in New Delhi from December 6-15.
"This is my second visit to India post 2010 and the team is in good spirits and all geared up. We realise that the standards set for the competition this year is very high and we have practiced and strategised in that manner," he said after the team's practice session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium today.
"The aim as of now is to be in semifinals and hoping to give the audience a good show," Geneyro said.
"While every match will be tough but we will also give a tough competition to our opponents. We have a very strong captain in Gonzalo Peillat as he had the opportunity to play in the National team of 2012 Summer Olympics," he added.
Argentina are placed in a tough Pool C along side 1997 winners and three-time runners-up Australia, 2005 third-placed Spain and France but captain Gonzalo Peillat said they are up for the challenge.
"We had a very rigorous practice session today and it feels good. While we understand that the standard of competition is very high this year but we ready are to take them on," Peillat said.
"Our first match is against Australia and we realise that they are a strong team but we are ready for them and even the other two teams Spain and France who are in our pool."