Ex-Real Madrid and Mexico legend sends out an important message for Chicharito

Javier Hernandez celebrates goal for Mexico

Mexican footballing icon Hugo Sanchez believes Javier Hernandez can make his mark for Real Madrid, in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid.

There aren't enough words to describe how important tonight's clash in the Champions League is for both teams, as Real Madrid host city rivals Atletico Madrid, in the second-leg of the quarter-finals.

Real Madrid have been hammered by injuries, with Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, all absent, whilst left-back Marcelo is also suspended.

Although misfortune for other players, isn't perhaps the way Mexican striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez would want to earn his place, the opportunity presents itself for him to make an impact for Real Madrid.

Speaking on ESPN Deportes, Mexican icon Hugo Sanchez analysed: "Chicharito is set to start in this transcendental match against Atletico Madrid, and obviously, all eyes are going to be fixed on him. Let's see if he's capable of taking on this great responsibility."

"It's an ideal opportunity for Javier to demonstrate his ability and maturity, and to show if he's done, or whether he can continue with Real Madrid."

Clearly fond of Chicharito and conscious of how important the match could be, both for Real Madrid and for the striker, Hugo Sanchez offered his firm belief: "Hopefully he'll have the best game of his life. Hopefully that's how he'll be focused. I'm convinced that with the kind of ambition he's always shown, he'll go out there full of energy and forcefulness."

The legendary former Mexico international, who played for both Real and Atletico during the peak of his own career, also sent a personal message of support, wishing: "Good luck to you Chicharito, in what is such an important game."

With no place under the Louis van Gaal regime at Manchester United, 26-year-old Chicharito was cast aside, then made a surprise loan move to Real Madrid last summer. However, breaking into the 'BBC' trio of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo, hasn't been at all easy.

In La Liga, Chicharito has made just two starts in 17 appearances, scoring 4 goals and providing 2 assists, in a total of only 422 minutes played.

In the Champions League, he has made two starts in 5 appearances so far, playing a total of 180 minutes, but has yet to register a goal or an assist in the elite European competition.

Certainly, if Chicharito does start tonight against Atletico Madrid, he has a remarkable opportunity to make an important impact for Real Madrid. If he grasps his chance, he could help fire them into the semi-finals.

A strong performance might not ultimately earn him a permanent stay with Real Madrid, but it could improve his chances back at Manchester United, ahead of next season. If the door remains closed at Old Trafford, other Premier League clubs are bound to be interested.

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