Chicharito: No player is happy sat on the bench

Javier Hernandez celebrates goal for Mexico

The Mexican striker appeared for Real Madrid as a substitute, but couldn't prevent defeat at Juventus.

Juventus won the battle and will hope to win the war, after securing a slender 2-1 first-leg advantage in the Champions League semi-final.

Although he was expected to start the encounter, given his recent form and the key goal that had fired Real Madrid into the semi-finals, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez found himself once more on the bench. Gareth Bale favoured by Carlo Ancelotti on this occasion.

However, Chicharito did join the action in the 63rd minute, replacing Isco, but unable to find his way to an equaliser, with Real Madrid trailing.

Speaking with Spanish broadcasters after the final whistle, via AS, Chicharito acknowledged: "Our sensations are negative, because we've lost the game, but we've fought hard until the end and there's still the second-leg."

Continuing his analysis, Chicharito reflected: "With a one-goal difference, we're still in there. We have to stay calm and ensure this serves as a learning experience, because there are no small teams in this competition."

Asked how Ancelotti had tried to spur his players on at half-time, when the score was tied at 1-1, the 26-year-old explained: "The manager asked us to show our attitude and to do what we've been doing in La Liga, but Juventus had a great game and we must try to turn things around in the second-leg."

As for not starting the game, Chicharito let slip his frustration, commenting: "I've always said that you have to respect every decision, but there isn't any player who is happy to be sat on the bench."

In conclusion, the Mexican simply suggested that moving on: "From tomorrow we've just got to swallow this defeat, and think about Valencia, who also have something to fight for along with us, in La Liga."

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