India national team and Bengaluru FC goalkeeper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu is confident that his side can bounce back from a poor outing in the Indian Super League (ISL) last season and that they are looking to make the nation proud in the upcoming AFC Cup, should they qualify for the competition.
Bengaluru did not have the best of times on the pitch in the ISL last season, as they could only manage to a seventh-place finish, which meant that it was the first time in their history that they did not qualify for the semi-final since joining the league in 2017/18.
"We have to turn around things, we have to make some changes and start all over again. That’s what the club has been trying to do. I’m very, very happy that whoever has come in so far is trying to help the club," Sandhu said as per ISL's official website.
“It’s good to have pre-season start again, good to have new boys here. Finally, we are all together in a beautiful place like Bellary where we are right now and we are really looking forward to the AFC Cup. It’s one of the few chances that Indian clubs get in the continental competition and we want to make the nation proud and BFC fans as well."
Following the disappointment of the 2020/21 season, Bengaluru made a splash in the transfer market, signing seven new players in Danish Farooq, Jayesh Rane, Prince Ibara, Sarthak Golui, Alan Costa, Yrondu Musavu-King and Rohit Kumar, who will have to first contend with their AFC Cup play-off tie against Club Eagles from the Maldives on August 15.
Should Bengaluru win the play-off tie, they will join fellow ISL side, ATK Mohun Bagan, Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings and the Maldives’ Maziya Sports & Recreation in Group D (South Zone).