Chicharito calls for Real Madrid focus

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May 04, 2015 12:03:47 UK

Javier Hernandez has warned his Real Madrid team-mates they must forget for now their hopes of successfully defending the Champions League.

The 26-year-old scored the decisive goal in the quarter-final second-leg against city rivals Atletico Madrid to book the Spanish capital giants a place in the last four of the competition.

“We have to take it one step at a time because there is still a long way to go to get to Berlin.”

Javier Hernandez

On Tuesday the holders travel to Turin to face Italy’s Scudetto champions and Treble-chasers Juventus hoping to secure a first-leg advantage.

Hernandez told the official club website: “We respect every team. We treat each side as if we were up against the greatest. We are aware that teams are that bit more motivated when faced with Madrid, and they want to put in a good performance. We respect them just as they respect us. Everything is decided on the pitch in football and we always go out to win.”

On Juventus, the Mexico international added: “They are a great side, they never give up in the battle and are always well prepared. They also have very good individuals. The standard is extremely high in the Champions League.”

Hernandez, who is on loan from Manchester United, has scored four goals in his last six appearances in all competitions and is hoping to play his part in helping Los Blancos become the first club to successfully defend the Champions League trophy.

However, he knows the semi-finals will be decided by fractions and said it was imperative his team-mates kept their focus.

When asked what would winning the Champions League mean, he replied: “A lot. It is something we all think about. I’ve had five years of playing in the Champions League and got to a final once but unfortunately was not able to win it. Lifting the cup is something every footballer dreams about. But our minds are focused on Juventus right now. We have to take it one step at a time because there is still a long way to go to get to Berlin. We know that Juventus are going to be very tough opponents and will try to do our best in order to get to the final.”

Juventus are currently priced 3.00 in the match betting and the draw outcome is quoted 3.25. Real Madrid can be backed in the 90 minutes market at 2.60.

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