Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez has backed LA Galaxy to drag themselves out of their recent slump ahead of El Trafico against LAFC on Sunday.
After battling near the top of the Western Conference for much of the season, Greg Vanney’s men have slipped to sixth, currently enduring an eight-game winless run.
Their most recent setback saw the Galaxy succumb to a 2-1 defeat away at Real Salt Lake on Wednesday, with a 95th-minute Anderson Julio strike cancelling out Chicharito’s 76th-minute equaliser – his 12th goal in 15 MLS appearances this season.
“I want to quickly take responsibility, because, of course, I have very high standards for myself and I ask for myself even more than this,” the Mexican striker said after the match (via MLSsoccer.com).
“I told the guys in the locker room that’s the LA Galaxy. You can be playing incredible for 85, 86, 87 minutes. But then in two minutes, everything can change. That’s the pressure. That’s the commitment. That’s the responsibility. That’s the effort that this club requires from you.”
Chicharito then backed his teammates to dig themselves out of the hole they’re in, with just one result potentially serving as the catalyst to get their season back on track.
“We are just one result away to change this momentum for sure,” the 33-year-old added. “I believe in my club. I believe in this organization. I believe in my teammates. I believe in myself. LA Galaxy supporters, it sounds very cliché, but there’s nothing else we can do.
“We are the first ones that we are very hurt in the dressing room. We are the first ones who are pointing fingers to try to improve. Every single one of us. Tomorrow, we’re going to rest and then prepare the other game because we know how it means for all of you and for all of us. So I just want to make clear that we are responsible.”
The Galaxy are four points clear of the Vancouver Whitecaps below the playoff line. But just a point further back are LAFC, who could both seriously improve their playoff hopes and cast serious doubt over the Galaxy’s with a win on Sunday.