Hernandez aims for starting berth

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‘Chicharito’ joined on loan from English club Manchester united at the start of the season, yet has played second fiddle to regular starting forward, Karim Benzema.

The Mexican international has however made a number of substitute appearances, and was given a starting place in which he scored in the Galaticos’ 4-1 Copa del Rey victory over Cornella on Wednesday night.

The strike took the 26-year-old’s tally to three goals in the six matches he has featured in for Los Blancos thus far, as he hopes to add to the one starting position he has been afforded in La Liga this season.

"I'm working hard to seize opportunities and do my best for the Madrid badge," he told reporters after the victory over Cornella.

"I won't get into this debate [about being a substitute]. I'll prove my quality when I'm playing.”

Hernandez was delighted with his goal in the Cup, and highlighted the importance of his team getting the victory away from home.

"The important thing was to get a good win in the first leg,” he said. “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, who are just a point behind log leaders Barcelona in the Spanish standings, next face Granada in their upcoming La Liga fixture on Saturday afternoon.

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