India's chief hockey coach Michael Nobbs said on Saturday that the team's poor performance during its European tour was just a learning process ahead of the 2012 London Olympic Games that starts next week.
Nobbs admitted that the Indian team, eight-time Olympic champions, failed to find the desired results during the tour of France and Spain but it has helped them to spot the grey areas.
"Well, don't go by the results, we used this tour as a learning process. It was like find and fix exercise. Tried to find out what are our grey areas and what are the things we need to do," said Nobbs during the welcome ceremony for the team at the Games Village.
"We used all the players in these matches (Test series against Spain and South Africa and in tri-series). Except South Africa, other teams Spain and England are much higher ranked then us. The tour taught us the importance of playing against strong teams," the Australian said.