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Chicharito struggles to score goals.

Javier Hernandez struggled to score in league against Borrusia Dortmund. He had clear chances to score and squandered them. Not even a midweek Champions League goal against BATE Borisov got him out of his funk. Truth be said, even during that game, before the goal was scored he had missed some key chances. Considering he hasn’t been hot on the national team as well, where he usually shined regardless of club playing time and goals, it could be said he might be in trouble.

More than trouble, it would appear he is dealing with a mental block. It could be possibly traced back to his departure from Real Madrid. Once they passed up on the buying clause in his contract and sent him shipping to Manchester United who had continusouly emphasized (directly or indirectly) that they had no room for him; it broke him. He hasn’t been the same. He quickly made a career decision to leave to play in Germany with Bayer Leverkuson, but that hasn’t seemed to help.

It’s not that he hasn’t been playing well, because after all you have to be playing well to contantly have chances to score before you worry about even missing them, and those Chicharito has had a lot of. He gives himself space, he does the right runs, he hustles more than most, but when it comes to finishing the play, he’s stuck. Every athlete goes through humps, but this hump couldn’t have come at a worse time for Chicharito and El Tri who will soon face U.S.A. on October 10th in Pasadena, California. He and they could only hope that Javier’s magic returns in the next two weeks or they could really be in trouble.

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