Javier Hernandez hasn’t had the best of loan spells at Real Madrid but he is set to be given his biggest opportunity in Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid.
The Mexican striker is expected to start in the second leg against Atletico and it is the chance he will have been waiting for all year long.
Chicharito has had to deal with a peripheral role at Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti but featured in their recent game against Malaga and put in a strong performance, which has now earned him a start in the crucial Champions League match.
At Madrid, the Champions League is an obsession. They spent untold millions chasing ‘La Decima’ which they finally achieved last season but the pressures of the Bernabeu means fans are now expecting the club to build on it and follow it up with another title this year.
It’s the sort of game Chicharito would have wanted to start when he joined on loan but after the season he has had he would have wondered whether a chance like that would have ever come. Now it has, he’ll want to take full advantage of it.
The Manchester United striker faces an uncertain future when his loan spell ends but it is games like this where he can put himself in the shop window.