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India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu believes that there is a huge competition in the national team. He revealed that he needs to work every day on the training pitch in order to remain the first-choice goalkeeper. Sandhu came under criticism for his performances in the recently concluded Hero Indian Super League but received the backing of national team coach Igor Stimac for the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.

“From my experience, Afghanistan has always been a tough side to play against. Obviously, they have good quality players, experienced players who have played in Europe and who are playing in Europe and that is one of their strong points,” India goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu said. “But we love a good competition and it’s always nice to play against a team who wants to fight because we like to fight as well. As the coach said it only makes sense to win the next game and move on because that’s what we are here for and that’s what we want to be.”

“It’s very special. The first time I played here at the Salt Lake stadium was against Mohun Bagan for East Bengal, it was a different experience altogether for me as a professional player. And once you get the taste of it you don’t want to let go,” he added. “I’ve been lucky enough to experience a full-capacity crowd over here and I know how it feels. The last we played against Cambodia, the fans showed up. The first time I played at the Salt Lake for the national team was against Bangladesh, the fans showed up. It was a huge motivation. For every player who wants to play in front of the fans, there is no better place than Salt Lake stadium where you have passionate football fans.”

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