ISL 2019-20: Mumbai City FC goalkeeper Amrinder Singh confident team will perform much better this season
Amrinder Singh has been fighting for a playing eleven spot against Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who has been the first-choice in the national team for quite some time now.
Amrinder has been fighting for a playing eleven spot against Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who has been the first-choice in the national team.
Amrinder made 66 saves during the Indian Super League (ISL) last season- which was five more than Gurpreet, who made 61.
This will be just the second season as Mumbai boss for Jorge Costa, who took them to the semis last time around.
"I always try to give my best for the team. Every season is very important for me," Mumbai City FC goalkeeper Amrinder Singh tells Firstpost when asked about his lack of chances in the Indian set-up for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.
The Mahilpur-born goalkeeper is the second-choice goalkeeper in the national team, right behind Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, who has been standing under the crossbar in national colours for quite some time now.
Amrinder made 66 saves during the Indian Super League (ISL) last season — five more than Gurpreet, who made 61. Both of them kept seven clean sheets, but Gurpreet walked away with the Golden Glove Award at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.
With his team slated to begin its ISL campaign against Kerala Blasters FC at Kochi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium today, the 26-year-old said he was confident Mumbai — who are being coached by Jorge Costa for the second season — will do better than last time around.
“I think the players are much better from last season and everyone understands what the coach’s plan is. That is the main thing and we know what the coach expects from us. I think this season we will perform much better than last time.
“Everyone is working hard, and they are getting better day by day,” he added.
Mumbai City reached the semi-finals under Costa last season. They have never won the ISL title.
The Mumbai-based club had a busy off-season — they offloaded 13 players, and made 12 new signings. One of the new faces in the team is former NorthEast United FC midfielder Rowllin Borges. Amrinder said that the 27-year-old was undoubtedly a ‘great signing’ for the team, and termed him as one of the best performers.
“Rowllin is a great signing for us. He is one of the best performers according to me,” Amrinder added.
The 29-year-old has signed a contract that will run until the end of the 2021-22 season.
Stewart is freshly arriving from a Rangers squad that finished 2020-21 season unbeaten on its way to the Scottish top division title.
Prce, who has played a match for Lazio senior team, has joined East Bengal from Croatian club NK Slaven Belupo. Slovenian midfielder Amir Dervievic and Tomislav Mrcela are the two overseas recruits.