Medal tally quickly adding up for Ruhr




Quickly becoming one of the most fearsome strikers in the
world game, Christopher Ruhr says that his German side is still ravenous for
more glory to add to an already spectacular past 12 months.
Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar? Gold. World League semi-final
in Argentina? Gold and an Olympic spot. A third European championship title in
a row?
“Everyone in the team is still hungry for more success; it doesn't
matter how many medals each of us has won in the past!”
He is respectful of what
is an enticing Pool B group line-up with the dangerous Belgians alongside two
of world hockey’s most improved sides – Ireland and France.
“I think that it is a
very exciting group stage. Of course, Belgium is a strong side that are
developing from year to year. That will be an interesting match at the
beginning. 
“We played Ireland before
the World League and there already, they showed, why they are a team that can
qualify for the Olympics and now, I guess, they will be very confident in the
Euros.
“France had some good
moments in the World League in Antwerp. They have lots of players who were Junior
World Cup Runners-Up 2013 in India, losing the final against me and my German
team. We will take them very seriously and  of course want to win every
match.”
Reflecting on the year
gone by, he says the European championships is a different challenge,
especially with cut-throat nature of the group stages without the safety net of
the quarter-final phase.
“Well, the Champions
Trophy and even the World League got a different playing modus so this
tournament is not comparable. In the Euros, you have to show good performance
from day one, otherwise you will be playing for fifth or seventh place, which
is, of course, not what we expect from ourselves.
“But the gold medals
showed us, that everyone in the team is still hungry for success. That's an
amazing thing which you can observe and feel in every training session and off
the pitch as well.
“The last year was great
and made us want those medals even more, so we're aiming to win the third
consecutive European Title in London. We will see how that works out.”


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