ISL 2017-18: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu says challenge from other Indian goalkeepers for place in national side excites him

Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu today said challenge from quality Indian custodians, including Subrata Paul and Amrinder Singh does not frighten him at all as he himself is his biggest competitor.

PTI January 16, 2018 17:03:01 IST
ISL 2017-18: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu says challenge from other Indian goalkeepers for place in national side excites him

Bengaluru: Bengaluru FC goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu on Tuesday said challenge from quality Indian custodians, including Subrata Paul and Amrinder Singh does not frighten him at all as he himself is his biggest competitor.

"For sure, there are many good quality goalkeepers in Indian Super League (ISL). There is Amrinder Singh, Subrata Paul and Subhashish Roy Chowdhury who are doing well. When other keepers do well, it does not frighten me but excites me instead," he told PTI here.

ISL 201718 Gurpreet Singh Sandhu says challenge from other Indian goalkeepers for place in national side excites him

File image of Gurpreet Singh Sandhu. Image Courtesy Twitter @GurpreetGK

"My biggest competitor is myself. The day I don't push myself, it is going to hurt me," he added.

Asked whom among the rival strikers he is really worried about, Gurpreet said: "I don't think of anyone as a very special striker that I need to be aware of. All of them are dangerous and that is why they are playing in the ISL.

They have the potential of damaging any sides' prospects."

Gurpreet has been a crucial part of Albert Roca's Bengaluru FC in his first season at the ISL since his return to India after a successful outing with Norwegian club Stabaek.

Talking about Roca, Gurpreet said the team is lucky to have the Spaniard around.

"I am comfortable with him. There has not been any problem with me in adjusting to Spanish style of coaching. My coach during Stabaek days was also a Spaniard," he said.

"Roca also is a good human being. Just before AFC Cup John Johnson had some personal issues. Immediately, he told John to take a snap. I don't think any other coach would have done that," he added.

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