“It’s been just three days since we arrived in Bhubaneswar, but we have been to the pitch three times already. All our training sessions have been good learning experience. We can feel the newness in the pitch and the team is very happy with the turf.

“Winning every match will be very difficult but will try to win most of the matches and keep our spirits alive. All of us will try to give our best shot in the tournament,” John-John said after the team’s practice session at the Kalinga Stadium here on Wednesday.

Belgium striker Thomas Briels opined with his skipper and said: “We are working on areas where we are lacking. We have successfully started implementing our strategies on the field.

We are riding high on confidence. The team is continuously working hard to put up their best performance in every game.”

Belgium is placed along side world champions Australia, Pakistan and England in Pool A.

The Red Lions will open their campaign against Pakistan on the opening day of the tournament on December 6.

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