"We can feel that the tournament is going to be quite interesting and entertaining here in India. The challenge will be a tough one with all good teams competing. For the time being, our focus is on the first match which will help us to take lessons for the remaining games," Horst said after a training session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here this morning.

"However, we have been preparing ourselves for the tournament. We have a strong team with experienced as well as young players, who will bring a difference to the game."

The eight-nation Champions Trophy will be held in Bhbaneswar from December 6-14.

Speaking on the preparations of the team, chief coach Max Caldas said: "We have to focus on the approach and have to figure out the changes required. We all as a team have to adapt to the changes. Also, there has to be an understanding and we are working to develop it. I am trying to understand each player well about their individual skills and strengths.

"Our focus is to build up as a team and prepare ourselves strong enough to compete in the tournament."

Meanwhile, Aran Zalewski of Australia has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy after sustaining an injury during the team's prepration. He will be replaced by Nicholas Budgeon.

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