Chicharito not fazed by pressure to fill Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boots


Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez says he is not daunted by the prospect of taking over from Zlatan Ibrahimovic as Los Angeles Galaxy star striker.

Ibrahimovic scored 52 goals with 17 assists in 56 Major League Soccer (MSL) games for LA Galaxy over two seasons before rejoining AC Milan.

When asked if he feels any pressure to fill in the void left by the former Sweden International, Ibrahimović, Hernandez said, “Not really, because he didn’t win a championship.”

If we win a championship, that’s going to change everything, “added Hernandez in an interview on ESPN’s Now or Never programme.

LA Galaxy have won the most MSL titles in history (five) but have failed to win any in the past two seasons despite Ibrahimović’s impressive strike rate. Their best finish was the MLS Cup Western Conference semifinal last season.

“Zlatan has been a very special player all around the world, not only here (with) the Galaxy. You see right now in AC Milan, he went there and started scoring goals, AC Milan started playing better. He’s a very special guy,” admitted Hernandez.

‘Chicharito’ who is Mexico’s all-time leading scorer hopes to win a League title with LA Galaxy.

“But one of the things I spoke about with Galaxy general manager Dennis [te Kloese], with coach Guillermo [Barros Schelotto] was they saw in me apart from scoring goals that I will be the best fit for the team to get the most valuable and most important thing for us – that is winning a championship,” concluded the former Real Madrid and Manchester United forward.

By FARPost Reporter 

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