Mexico legend Hugo Sanchez congratulates Real Madrid hero Chicharito

Hugo Sanchez predicted Javier Hernandez would make an impact and was delighted he did exactly that.

After his match winning goal sent Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez wasn't just the toast of the Spanish capital - or at least the white half - he also delighted fans in Mexico.

None more so than legendary Mexican goal machine, Hugo Sanchez, who had wished the 26-year-old good fortune ahead of the match against Atletico Madrid, and predicted the Manchester United misfit would make an important impact.

The tweet from Hugo Sanchez read: "Chicharito took advantage of the opportunity and with his goal, gave an important triumph to Real Madrid. Congratulations Chicharito!"

Hugo Sanchez was commentating on the match for ESPN Deportes in Mexico, but afterwards, he also enthused to Marca: "I said he would do it! This was his game and he's proven that."

The former international, who played for both Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid, was clearly thrilled for Chicharito and added: "This success makes me really happy for him and obviously, for Real Madrid, who are my club in Spain, even though they were facing Atletico."

"This goal is going to be important for the future of both, I'm sure of that. Hopefully Real Madrid get through to the final later, thanks to this goal."

Hugo Sanchez certainly knows a thing or two about goals, and their importance, having won the 'Pichichi' award five times during his stay in La Liga, as leading scorer in Spain's top-flight.

Beyond the sense of delight for Chicharito having scored, the legendary ex-footballer offered more detailed analysis, explaining: "Javier evaluated and seized the opportunity, that given the circumstances, he was presented with against Atletico. He went out there highly focused and with plenty of confidence in front of goal. And, he hunted one down."

Such words from Hugo Sanchez will be music to the ears of Javier Hernandez, who regards the former Real Madrid and Mexico icon, both as an idol and a good friend.

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