World Cup 2010: Diego Forlan Insists Uruguay Must Respect South Korea

La Celeste hoping to progress quietly to latter stages...
Uruguay strike Diego Forlan has insisted that his side face a tough task in booking their place in World Cup quarter-finals as they prepare to take on South Korea in Port Elizabeth in the first game of the knock-out stages later today.

The 31-year-old Atletico Madrid striker said his side must maintain their level of defensive performance and improve in attack if they are to overcome Korea, who he said must not be underestimated having emerged on merit from a difficult group.

"They are a rival to respect as they have qualified for several World Cups. We know they got through a very tough group so it will not be an easy match in the second round," Forlan is quoted as saying by AS.

"We must stay the same defensively and try to create more chances in attack. Obviously they had games in which their defence made some mistakes, but every match is a different story and we have to be well, concentrating on our own game."

Forlan refused to declare la Celeste as contenders for the title just yet, instead insisting that they will take the tournament on a game by game basis.

"We are aware that we can do well but I prefer to continue having others as candidates because we are still going game to game and then we have no added pressure to win games. We have to beat Korea on Saturday and then we'll see. We have to keep this quiet. Despite having passed through the group, the favourites tag is not for us," he noted.

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