In his debut season at Mumbai City FC, Amrinder Singh started playing midway through the tournament and kept four consecutive clean sheets to see the Ranbir Kapoor co-owned Indian Super League (ISL) team through to the playoffs.
After losing out to ATK in the two-legged knockout game in December 2016, the Islanders were hoping for a better showing in 2017-18. However, that was not to be as they finished seventh last season.
Goalkeeper Amrinder Singh believes that it is important to forget the ghost of past seasons and start afresh, under new coach Jorge Costa. "This year we are like a family and in football, this is a very important thing.
"I am happy that every member of the team is looking after each other. Last time maybe this was missing. Past performances don't matter. It is the current team that matters. I feel we will do good this season," proclaimed the Punjab-born shot-stopper.
The former ATK and Bengaluru FC man also talked how there was no drastic change in philosophy despite a managerial change. "Last year you saw that the coach was a bit defensive. This year also the coach wants to have a strong defence.
"It is important to remain tight at the back and then go for the raid. So this season also our focus is more on defence," he said.
Mumbai City underwent a three-week long pre-season training in Thailand and the 25-year-old had positive reviews on the camp. "In Thailand we got proper conditions to train. The weather was the same as in India. So it was a good experience," he remarked.
Amrinder, who is one of the understudies to the Indian national team's numero uno Gurpreet Singh Sandhu isn't too concerned about being on the flight to Abu Dhabi once the Asian Cup comes around in January next year.
" I don't like to think about the future (selection in Asian Cup). I just think what I need to do in training tomorrow. If I am giving my best in training then nothing else matters. If I start thinking about the future then things can get difficult and complicated," stated Amrinder, who chose to keep his feet on the ground.