Chicharito Discards any Special Motivation on Facing van Gaal
Moments after reaching the knockout stages of the World Cup for the sixth consecutive, Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, known simply as Chicharito, spoke with Mexican TV giants TV Azteca following Mexico's 3-1 win against Croatia.
Perhaps the match against future Manchester United manager,Louis van Gaal, would have meant something special for Hernandez. However, the striker denied any extra motivation about facing the man who has supposedly said that the Mexican will not be a part of his plans in Old Trafford.
"No, right now I'm a player of the Mexican National team. Right now I'm not a player of any club. My manager is Miguel Herrera. My mind is 100% fixed on the World Cup and doing my part, giving my all, and only then will I think of my future at club level."
Having scored Mexico's third goal of the match, the current Red Devil admitted that breaking his year-long drought of goals with the National team has helped relieve the stress of a complicated year.
"It's been complicated. Few people appreciate that but not knowing where your future will be and trying to work day after day, winning that confidence. Everything I've suffered this season has been that, very few people have had confidence in me."
For Mexican fans it's widely regarded that reaching a fifth World Cup match is considered a massive success. But Chicharito has been quick to make a point that this Mexico squad is destined for more despite facing the Netherlands in the next round.
"I have many hopes and dreams, one of them is being with the National Team and take that step and making history. Many people think that reaching the "fifth match" is history but we're not going to settle for that. The truth is we have an opportunity to do something big."
"We're going to face another great team, and we're going to play them like we played against Brazil, Croatia and Cameroon. They are a strong team but we are going to worry on what Miguel (Herrera) wants from us, and on what we have to do. "
Finally, the former Chivas de Guadalajara man, applauded the North American football federation participation in the World Cup.
"Something that's very important and nice is that CONCACAF has demonstrated that it has grown a lot. Unfortunately Honduras hasn't, but two teams are already qualified (Costa Rica and Mexico) and another one is about to secure their ticket (United States)."
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