New Delhi: Last edition's runners-up, Netherlands definitely start as favourites against India in their opening match of the Hockey Junior World Cup and coach Sjoerd Marijne on Monday said his wards are confident of starting their campaign on a winning note in the December 6-15 event.
"The team is very tough and stable and we are geared up for the challenge. All the teams are strong and anyone can win a match on the given day. But the boys are confident about their first match against India and we aim to start this tour with a win," Marijne said after Netherlands second practice session at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.
Marijne's views were backed by Netherlands team manager and Olympian Floris Evers.