FIFA World Cup 2018: What does Diego Forlan think about the probable ‘surprises’?

XtraTime Web Desk:
The forthcoming FIFA World Cup 2018 is months away and speculations have already been started regarding the biggest footballing event in the world. The best player of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, Uruguayan legend Diego Forlan revealed his thoughts about the probable surprises of the competition to American network Telemundo.

Diego Forlan, the former Uruguayan striker, is looking forward to the start of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. This time around he’ll be a broadcaster for this colossal competition; previously he has been a FIFA ambassador and a simple spectator.

The footballer, currently playing for Chinese Kitchee SC, shared his hopes for the upcoming World Cup in Russia with Sputnik Mundo.

“We’re talking about a world power with all the infrastructure and economy necessary for the World Cup. We’re going to see great teams, lots of people are going to attend the matches, so I think it’s going to be a good World Cup,” he said.

Forlán, a participant in three World Cups and the best player at the 2010 World Cup, pointed out that as a host-country Russia has an advantage as it’s already had some of the needed infrastructures. He’s positive about the security that’s been established by the host country.

Moreover, he highlighted the role of the VAR (Video assistant referee) system that’s going to be used at the 2018 World Cup for the first time in the competition’s history.

“If some other sports use this technology, why isn’t it used in football? Clearly, it’s more difficult to use in football but I think the results will be positive,” the striker said.

FIFA 2018 is going to be an unforgettable competition also because of the return of the Peruvian team (the 1982 World Cup in Spain was the last time the Peruvian team played in the competition) and the absence of such strong teams as Italy and the Netherlands. Forlán thinks that these “surprises” come from the fact that in modern football, “there’s no history, no titles, no names, there’s only commitment and effort to play well; and if there’re no results, well, such things happen.”

According to the striker, the rule of the game is balanced football. Today the team’s goal deficit or lead is confirmed not only by “what’s written on paper but also the team’s performance when sometimes a weaker team can outplay a stronger one,” he said.

This competitive equality makes it difficult to pick a much-fancied team for the World Cup. According to Forlán, the German, Brazilian and Spanish teams are “a step ahead” from all the rest of the teams. He also considers the French, Uruguayan, Argentine, Mexican and Belgian teams to be good.

As for the Uruguayan team, which played well at 2002, 2010 and 2014 World Cups, the striker thinks his team’s group is “not difficult” but nonetheless “we need to be very careful.”

“Both young and experienced players are in good shape and we hope for good results at this World Cup. The vital step is to won the group qualification and then we’ll see,” the footballer thinks.

As soon as this progress is achieved “we need to sum up the situation as it often happens that a fancied team can lose.”  He thinks that Uruguay should take this into account as “the teams’ level is becoming more similar.”


Related News


Breaking News:
  • 2nd Test: Umesh Yadav’s brilliant show help India to thrash West Indies 2-0 in the series     Vijay Hazare Trophy: Birthday boy Gautam Gambhir’s brilliant century helps Delhi to reach the semis     UEFA Nations League: More misery for Germany as they lost to Netherlands 3-0     International Friendly: India puts up a miraculous show, salvages a draw against mighty China     Rishabh Pant, Mohammed Shami get a call up for the first two ODIs against West Indies     2nd Test: India eyeing for another rampaging show against the West Indies to seal the series     Youth Olympics: Incredible show by Saurabh Chaudhary, bags gold in 10m air pistol     I would choose Tendulkar to bat for my life, says Shane Warne     Rishabh Pant all set to be included in ODI squad against Windies     MS Dhoni likely to play for Jharkhand in Vijay Hazare Trophy quarters