GSS says playing abroad is very difficult , most players don’t get through the challenge
The Indian National Football team’s last man of defense Gurpreet Singh Sandhu has achieved in every possible thing in Indian football. He became the first Indian to play in UEFA Europa League. Although reaching this hight he thinks he’s not done yet.
In a candid chat with AIFF TV GSS shared so many things and recalls his days in Europe.
GSS says in Europe you have to be good enough to be on the bench
“I don’t want to sugarcoat things. Some people think that playing in a foreign country is about having a lavish lifestyle, big house, good car. It’s not that at all. You have to start from scratch. You have to prove that you are good enough to be on the bench and then in the starting XI. And that’s at a smaller club in a smaller league — unless you’re a Messi or a Ronaldo.” GSS told in an interview with AIFF TV.
GSS says if you have to play in Europe you need to be mentally strong
“But for guys like me — you have to be mentally strong to stay there and work. Many people don’t know the reality. If you want to do well, you need to acclimatize to those conditions. Many younger players may not want to make the required sacrifices as they are comfortable in India.”
GSS says how he developed in that leaps
“I think it made me better by leaps and bounds as a player and in terms of mentality. It made me independent. The exposure didn’t only help me as a player. Obviously it made me a better player for sure, but the experience what it does is — it makes you tougher. It makes you a person who can deal with every kind of situation.”
GSS says playing in different countries will be more difficult, they will be put in an isolated place
“Currently, young players don’t get tough situations. You are not put in an isolated place where there is no other Indian in the whole league, you don’t know the local language and the food is different — stuff that you are not used to. Making the transition through this helped me gain that mental strength.”
GSS says he was honored to be part of UEFA Europa League
“I played 30 minutes of the game. I broke my hand and came off. However, I still had a smile on my face. The next day, I was still smiling. I had played in the Europa League which nobody in our country had done. For a player like me to get such an opportunity, I was over the moon. It taught me that if things are done correctly and you are driven to achieve something, everything is possible.” GSS concluded.