Forlan confident ahead of Mumbai City FC's ISL semifinal

"Our consistent performance in the tournament will better our confidence, but it will be a completely different tournament that starts tomorrow," Diego Forlan said ahead of his team's encounter against Atletico de Kolkata.

Diego Forlan has led Mumbai City FC from the front, scoring five goals during the league phase of the ISL.   -  AFP

Uruguayan legend, Diego Forlan – relishing his stint in the Indian Super League, where he has already notched five goals – said the play-offs, starting on Saturday, will be a “different tournament” and the > results and performances from the league phase will have little or no bearing.

“Our consistent performance in the tournament will better our confidence, but it will be a completely different tournament that starts tomorrow,” Forlan said in his interaction with the media ahead of Mumbai City FC’s semi-final first leg against Atletico de Kolkata. The former Manchester United player, who is experiencing a late flourish in his career, said he still enjoys playing competitive football. “I am really enjoying the game and look forward to a successful outing in our first ISL play-offs,” the Golden Ball winner of the 2010 World Cup said. “Finishing on top of the ISL league standings did a lot of good to our confidence and we expect to take it ahead to the crucial stage of the tournament.”

Forlan, who had a prolonged stint with the Spanish giant Atletico Madrid after a relatively mediocre time with Manchester United, said he knows a few of the Spanish players, who will be playing for ATK tomorrow. “I know some players from Spain and it will be a difficult game against a good side,” Forlan said.

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