Diego Forlan says Uruguay fear nobody heading into this summer’s World Cup.
The South American nation face a challenge in trying to qualify for the second round in Brazil, having been drawn in Group D alongside Italy, England and Costa Rica.
However, Forlan, currently at J League side Cerezo Osaka, sees no reason why he and his country need to be fearful.
“When I saw the [World Cup] draw, I wasn’t worried,” he told the Telegraph. “We prefer to play tough teams. We went further in the last World Cup than these teams. We’re not intimidated.”
Much has been made of the European nations’ ability to handle the heat and humidity in Brazil, especially those playing in Manaus, such as Italy and England.
And Forlan feels this is another reason why Uruguay have to fancy their chances when coming up against sides from outside of South America.
“No European team has won the World Cup in South America,” he said. “Brazil is hot and can be humid, especially in the north, even in winter. We’re used to playing in these conditions. Are the Europeans?”
Despite all of this, however, Uruguay are the smallest country in terms of population participating in Brazil this summer.
The former Manchester United forward, though, feels his homeland, who finished fourth at the 2010 World Cup, relish their underdog status.
“We’re a nation of three million people, Scotland has five million, Brazil 200 million,” Forlan said. “We’re used to being David against Goliath, the away team in every tournament. Look at the statistics.”