KL Hockey Club have no intentions of falling into a lull of complacency as Sapura continues to play mind games prior to the first leg semi final that will be played on Friday.

Rather the defending champions are just taking it one step at a time and would rather be cautious in their approach although all associated with hockey have installed KLHC as the overwhelming favourites.

"There are two matches to be won before we can even think of defending our title as getting past Sapura is by no means a walk in the park as they have an all round side that can upset us," said KLHC coach K. Dharmaraj.

"Sapura are an all round side and they gave us a tough time during the league matches. Thus I respect them but do not fear them as we too have players that can rise to the occasion.

"It will be a tough first leg as both teams will be looking for a win, hence a psychological boost for the second leg. But then again matches are won over 140 minutes, maybe more.

"We have been working on a game plan against Sapura since Tuesday and I expect them to try to contain our midfield and also restrict our forwards by packing the defence."

KLHC have a distinction of scoring the most number of goals in the MHL but what is more awesome is the fact that they have nine different players on the scorers list. And that is what makes them stand out from the rest.

Players like Australia's Tim Deavin has been the key figure in their quest to defend the double and and another key player that has risen to the challenge is Mohd Razie Rahim.

And with the likes of Akhtar Ali and Muhammad Umar Bhutta so deadly in the semi circle, Sapura has a tough task ahead of them despite having the likes of Tai Beng Hai and Stephen van Huizen planning their tactics.

Beng Hai admitted that they have a mountain to climb in order to overcome KLHC for a place in the final, but made it clear that it will not be a stroll for them.

"Their strength on the bench is what makes them awesome for it hardly affects their momentum when substitutions are made. And they have several players that can be game winners as they are skillful and can do much damage if given the space and time," said Beng Hai the former national coach.

"It will be decided over two legs hence its important to plan the match carefully. There is no doubt that KLHC are a far better team and rightfully are favourites to make the final.

"I need total focus from my players and they must not give away much space when defending for we could pay a heavy price for it."

The two teams met in the preliminary rounds and both matches ended up with 3-2 scorelines in favour of KLHC.



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