Prabhsukhan Singh Gill Interview: Really lucky to have received so much love from the fans
In an exclusive interview with indiansuperleague.com, Gill discusses playing under Carles Cuadrat, the love from East Bengal FC fans, and much more.
Prabhsukhan Singh Gill is one of the new faces on the scene for East Bengal FC this season, as the Red and Gold Brigade made significant changes to their squad in order to achieve better results in the Indian Super League (ISL) this term, something they have lacked since joining the league during the 2020-21 season.
The custodian has been a formidable presence at the back and his performance statistics validate it. He has made eight saves in four games, boasting an impressive 61.54% save percentage. Remarkably, five of these saves were made from within the box.
Gill played a pivotal role in their opening match against Jamshedpur FC, where they secured their only clean sheet of the season. Now, the 22-year-old is gearing up to face his former team, Kerala Blasters FC, at the Vivekananda Yuba Bharati Krirangan in Kolkata this Saturday.
Prior to this high-stakes clash, Gill engaged in an exclusive interview with www.indiansuperleague.com, offering insights into what it's like to play under the leadership of head coach Carles Cuadrat, the team's performance so far, and the unwavering support he is enjoying from the passionate fan base.
Here are the excerpts from the goalkeeper's interview:
In the first four matches of this season, you have established yourselves as one of the goalkeepers with the highest saves per game. Can you share insights into your preparation for handling these intense situations during matches, addressing both the physical and mental aspects of your approach?
You just have to do the basics right to maintain your mental focus. It’s all about executing the things that you do in training in match situations.
How has head coach Carles Cuadrat influenced your gameplay thus far? Has he provided you with any specific advice to elevate your performance to the next level?
Yes, his inputs have helped me a lot. Every day I am learning and trying to get better under him and his coaching staff's guidance.
Clean sheets have been hard to come by for East Bengal FC. Have you been working with your defenders in training to fix this issue?
I would say we have done reasonably well so far as a defensive unit. We’ve been unfortunate in situations. Small mistakes have led us to concede goals and it's not about the just the defence. The entire team is working hard to be more solid defensively.
The upcoming match will be against your former club Kerala Blasters FC. Do you sense a distinctive club culture here, and how much does the support of the fans mean to you?
I am really lucky to have received so much love from the fans. Fan support is crucial for professional footballers because they are the ones who keep you going when you feel low. I had a good experience with fans during my Kerala Blasters FC stint. The kind of love I’ve received in Kolkata in such a short time has been phenomenal. The fans played a big role in helping us reach the Durand Cup final and win against Hyderabad FC. There’s always pressure when you represent a big club like East Bengal FC, but our fans have been very supportive and are always behind us.