Kolkata, Dec 10: Diego Forlan, the Uruguay World Cupper, has been the center of attraction before Mumbai City takes on Atletico de Kolkata in the semifinal of the third Indian Super League (ISL) on Saturday at Rabindra Sarobar Stadium.
Forlan while talking to media on Friday, said, “Indian footballers can also take part in La Liga or even in the English Premier League. But to achieve that Indian footballers have to develop their self-confidence that yes, we also can do that. And if you start believing in yourself then you will also be passionate to develop your skill and fitness through rigorous training.”
The golden ball winner in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa also explained saying, “There are several footballers from Honduras, Salvador who have been consistently performing in La Liga. Even our country does not have infrastructure and financial strength like European countries. Still, we have defeated European countries several times. The mental strength is the key ingredient.”
Asked whether impressed by any Indian footballer so far in the League, Forlan remarked, “Surely, I have observed a couple of players in my team who are truly qualitative. Especially Jeje Lalpekhua, CK Vineeth has been impressive to me. Both of them have control, shooting ability as well as they know how to play off-the-ball-game.”
Forlan also had praise for Sunil Chettri and Pranoy Halder. The Uruguay World Cupper, especially praising for Pranoy said, “He has exceptional quality. He has only thing to do that he will have to think about football when he will not even train.”
Forlan is hopeful that under-17 World Cup, to be held in India next year will create a lot of enthusiasm among the young generation of footballers in this country.
“Under-17 World Cup should produce high quality footballers in India in near future.”