Forlán: “It’s normal for the fans to be upset”

The striker answered questions following a video game event ahead of the derby

Atletico Madrid forward Diego Forlán against Real Madrid

Fresh off of losing a virtual edition of the Madrid Derby alongside Ricardo Carvalho in a FIFA 11 sponsored event, Diego Forlán told AS: “Obviously, we’re going to the Bernabéu with plans of winning, but it will be very complicated.”

This past 30 October marked the 11th year anniversary since Atlético’s last derby victory over cross-town rivals Real Madrid, and Forlán is wary of the challenge that awaits his club.

“It’s true that going so many years without beating Madrid weighs on you, but we have to go into the Bernabéu relaxed and prepare ourselves, because this year they are a very tough rival.

“They defend well and attack well. Also, they have a great manager,” he said.

Forlán seemed optimistic about breaking out of his now 11-match-long goalless streak this weekend.

“I try to score a goal in every game. I hope to get one on Sunday. In any case, I do not feel under-appreciated by Atlético fans,” said the 31-year old.

Though most of the Rojiblanco faithful continue to support the Uruguayan unconditionally, it’s plainly obvious to all that Diego hasn’t been playing up to his true potential lately.

“I understand how Atleti supporters can be upset with me. It’s normal to feel upset when you don’t score.

“Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion.

“I enjoy it more than anyone else when I score, but it’s not the first time that this happens to me,” he said.

Cacha’s frustration is starting to manifest itself on the playing field. The striker wore his heart on his sleeve after Tiago’s sensational game-winning blast against Rosenborg.

He appeared agitated that the ball didn’t come his way despite the fact that it ended up in the back of the net, though his comments on the matter contradicted his conduct.

“What I care about is the team.

“For example, in the play that led to Tiago’s goal yesterday, I asked for the pass, but I was happy when my team-mate scored.”

  • He’s a striker who lives on goals. Every match when he doesn’t score a goal, makes him sad.