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International commitments made back-to-back are excellent for India: Sandhu, Gurpreet Singh

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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, the preferred goalie for the Indian football team, acknowledges that Amrinder Singh is a rival, but that winning games is more important than just participating in them.
Gurpreet and Amrinder shared the 'Goalkeeper of the Tournament' honor earlier this year in the Tri-Nation Cup in Imphal, when India defeated Myanmar and the Kyrgyz Republic by scores of 1-0 and 2-0 respectively to win the tournament.
“The players have excellent relationships with one another. Although there is some rivalry for positions, Gurpreet and I are like brothers and are confident that any of us can step in and do the task at hand on any given day.
“It's a privilege to represent our nation on the field, and whenever we get the chance, we must live up to that honor. Of course, as such possibilities arise, we also support one another in setting ourselves up for success.
“Overall, the desire is to see the team win, rather than just to be on the pitch,” he said.
Prior to the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, playing in back-to-back international competitions is “very good” for the Indian squad, according to Gurpreet.
The squad has a full schedule of games planned, including the Intercontinental Cup in Bhubaneswar, the SAFF Championship in Bengaluru, the Kings Cup in Thailand in September, and the Merdeka Cup in Malaysia in October.
The Blue Tigers are putting in a lot of effort in their training camp in Bhubaneswar in advance of the Intercontinental Cup as they get ready for the Asian Cup, which will take place in Qatar in January-February.
Gurpreet thinks it's a wonderful chance for athletes to hone their abilities.
“Successive competitions are excellent for us. The fact that we have a sizable slate of games ahead of us is something I personally value. According to Gurpreet, “I don't believe we have ever done this before.
These kinds of competitions are usually difficult, but they also provide us a chance to hone our abilities against top opposition and maybe even take home some hardware.
We place a lot of importance on the Asian Cup. In order to improve our preparation for the Asian Cup, we need to play more competitive games whenever we can.
India's camp in Bhubaneswar started with 40 players, but after a demanding few days of physical testing by the coaching staff, the group was reduced to 27.
The squad is now using facilities given by the Government of Odisha as the players prepare for the next difficulties.
“The previous few days have been pleasant at the camp. We have undergone several examinations in which we have been placed in various circumstances, added Gurpreet.
“Odisha's amenities have been fantastic for us. Every amenity a player could want is available in Bhubaneswar. Everything is of the highest caliber in terms of training facilities, locker rooms, recuperation areas, gyms, and exercise equipment.
According to Gurpreet, the team's core has been relatively solid over the last year because to the players' reliable play.
A lot of players have been continuously in the squad since last year, and that's because they are all performing, Gurpreet said. “Of course, nothing is permanent in terms of having a secure position on the pitch, but a lot of players have been in the squad consistently since last year, and that's because they are all performing,” Gurpreet said.
This constancy is crucial if we want the squad to succeed. A small number have also recovered from injuries, which is always encouraging.

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