The Mexico international is determined to show that he’s capable of being effective over an entire 90 minutes, rather than just in cameo appearances from the bench
Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has vowed to prove he is more than just a super-sub at Real Madrid after scoring in the 4-1 Copa del Rey victory at Cornella on Wednesday.
The Mexico attacker’s opportunities in the starting XI have proved just as limited at Real as at Manchester United and he has started just once in La Liga this term.
Head coach Carlo Ancelotti afforded the 26-year-old striker a chance to shine in the Copa, though, and he responded with a goal at the Estadio Municipal de la Via Ferrea.
“I’m working hard to seize opportunities and do my best for the Madrid badge,” he told reporters after the game.
“I won’t get into this debate [about being a substitute]. I’ll prove my quality when I’m playing.
“The important thing was to get a good win in the first leg. The coach asked us to be professional and respectful with every opponent we face. That means playing as if we were up against Barcelona.
“James passed me the ball, I attempted a one-two with Karim Benzema and then I just shot towards goal and thanks to God it went in.”
Madrid’s fourth goal was scored by substitute Marcelo, with the full-back celebrating with a double somersault, but the Brazilian’s exuberant reaction was frowned upon by Cornella goalscorer Oscar Munoz.
“We are Segunda B players, we hardly earn any money and his somersaults leave a bitter taste in our mouths,” he told Marca.
“You have to remember where you are. Well, whatever – after he told me that he just had to celebrate it. Chicharito [Hernandez] also explained it to me. He told me that he doesn’t score all that many goals and that’s why he did it.”