Ahmedabad, Jul 11 : Goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the only Indian player to play in the UEFA Europa League, stands out as one of the senior members of the Indian Team affirmed on Thursday to see another excellent turnout at the stadium for the encounter when they take on N Korea in their next match scheduled to take place here on Saturday in the Hero Intercontinental Cup 2019.
The shot-stopper who last wore the captain's armband when the Blue Tigers recorded a memorable 4-1 win over Thailand in their opening match of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 said, "we are on the right track” while addressing media persons here. "We have grown a lot, especially in the last 5 years. I have personally seen the young talent that we have. Our youth teams – the U16s, U15s -- the players possess great technical abilities, and have great awareness. The senior players have grown in terms of their mentalities as well,” he stated.
With Ex-Croatia manager Igor Stimac, Head Coach of the Blue Tigers having handed 9 International debuts in the 3 matches so far, Gurpreet hailed the impact of the new faces in the team, saying that the infusion of young blood in the team is "very important.” "Having young blood in the team is very important. I feel that the youngsters who have come in through the system are very talented. They are very technically able players who are confident, and know how to play with the ball. It's a really good sight. I hope they lead us through the years to come,” he quipped. (UNI)