Gurpreet confident about quality of Indian players ahead of crucial ties
by Shubham Sharma
Indian national team first choice goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu was quick to state that the Blue
Tigers are a quality side and a tough one to beat on any occasion but added that the team only needs to
learn to score goals to get the winning points.
"I think, of late, we have turned ourselves into a team which is tough to beat. We just have to add
something more to it which is scoring to get the points on the table and we have that quality," said
The former Stabaek IF goalkeeper also cautioned that the opponents are not easy to get points from,
and that the team has to be at its best to get something substantial out of the two forthcoming fixtures.
"Both games are difficult. Oman are a very good side and have quality players, whereas Afghanistan will
be tough to play against in Tajikistan. But we have to go there with a strong approach to get something
out of the two games," the country’s first-choice goalkeeper said.
The Bengaluru FC keeper hailed gaffer Igor Stimac's selection process as he introduced younger players
into the squad.
"We have grown stronger with the introduction of the young players who will improve with time."
Gurpreet further added that the team has started to getting accustomed to the playing style Igor Stimac
is trying to implement.
"Yes, the team is getting accustomed with the system but most importantly getting used to each other
as well playing with the ball."
Comparing the journey of the team in the previous world cup qualifiers to the current, the custodian
added that the team has improved a lot but it can do a lot better.
"I think if we compare it with the 2015 qualifiers that we played, we have come a long way since then.
We have two points on the table and have only lost one game which also we could have won. I am
happy but not satisfied because I know we have the potential to do more."
India will face Afghanistan on November 14 in Dushanbe and Oman on November 19 in Muscat.