Unrestrained flamboyance of the frontline combined with disciplined defence are what would help India in their quest to clinch the Junior World Cup when they meet the South American champions Argentina in the final here today.
Buoyed by a thrilling 3-2 victory against Germany in the semis, India look confident, but know the folly in under-rating the Argentinians.
And nobody knows that better than coach Rajinder Singh. "I have seen them play in three-four matches here and I know they will be very tough in the final. They have a tendency of slowing the game down suddenly in the midfield and then getting in a field goal by cross splitting the defence. Before the defence can get a hold, they are already celebrating the goal," he said.
However, the Indians have also matured by reaching the final, the coach admitted. "They know they have a shot at glory - of being World Champions - and they will give their best in the final. If we play and as always, I say, get the goals to put
pressure, India will be World Champions," said Rajinder Singh, who was the highest scorer of the 1981 World Cup in Mumbai when India finished fifth. Singh, a penalty corner specialist, finished as the top-scorer of the tourney.
"I hope what I couldn't do as a player for India, I will achieve it as the coach," he said. (PTI)