New Delhi: Australia aim to win the Hockey World League Final to be held at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium from Jan 10-18.
"I am expecting the team to stay till the end and win the title. Germany is the strongest contender but our first match against Belgium is very critical as they have shown tremendous improvement in their game in the recent past. As for India, they have good players like Sardar Singh and hence should not be taken for granted," Australia's assistant coach Graham Reid said Tuesday.
Just six months ahead of the World Cup, Australia skipper Mark Knowles is taking the league seriously and understands that their first match against Belgium Jan 10 will be crucial.
"We have come here to win and it's an important tournament as it is just six months before the World Cup. Germany are the Olympic champions and their experience is their strength. They are the strongest rivals for us here. India are the next team to look out for as they are nippy strikers and are very skilful," said Knowles.