It was a team effort, says goal hero Chicharito

It was a team effort, says goal hero Chicharito


Javier Hernandez has said the whole team should be praised for their efforts after last night’s 1-0 win over Atletico de Madrid sent Real Madrid through to the semi-final of the Champions League.

The on-loan striker scored in the 88th minute to send Los Blancos through to the next round, where they will meet one of Juventus, Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

Speaking to reporters after the game, Chicharito stated everyone deserved praise for their collective fight, spirit and determination shown.

“Every goal I’ve scored during my career has been important, they all fill me with confidence. This was a collective effort, it was a great assist by Cristiano and we all covered a lot of ground and battled hard. We deserved to win,” he said.

And he added: “It is a derby and things hadn’t been going well for us since la Décima. This win was the work of the whole team, the fans, my team-mates, my family and everyone who has showed faith in me. Atlético are a very worthy rival. They won La Liga last year and were Champions League finalists. We were deserved winners today. In order to win the Champions League you have to beat the best teams.”

Speaking about his selection in the team, the Mexican revealed Ancelotti had told him a few days ago.

“He told me a few days ago that I’d be playing, that I needed to be ready, be focused and do the same as I had been in my previous games.”