Few players have taken the Bundesliga by storm in the manner of Bayer 04 Leverkusen's Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, but for the Mexican megastar success as a team - and not as an individual - remains the priority.

With 19 goals in 22 competitive appearances for Die Werkself, much has been made of Hernandez's headline-grabbing purple patch in the 2015/16 season, but he is desperate for his efforts to count for something more than personal glory when it matters most.

Priorities set

"It doesn't matter if I score 34 goals if we don't get into the UEFA Champions League spots," said Hernandez, whose side currently lie just a place and , synonymous with a berth at European club football's top table. "The most important thing is how we can give everything to make Leverkusen win points in the Bundesliga, and get through into the next round of the UEFA Europa League and the DFB Cup. When the team secures good results all the individual, good performances come by consequence."

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In the current campaign, Leverkusen certainly still have plenty to play for. In addition to their top-flight challenge, they take on Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Europa League's last 32 and welcome SV Werder Bremen in the DFB Cup quarter-finals, and the mood around the camp is a hopeful one, according to Hernandez.

"We feel that we can get very far in the UEFA Europa League, as well as in the DFB Cup," the Mexico international forward told German broadcaster SkySportNewsHD. "We've got good chances. I think the most important thing is thinking game-by-game, day-by-day, because that's the way you can get the results."

All about the ratio

When quizzed on his goalscoring record throughout his career, the Mexican defended his form at previous clubs. "A lot of people are talking about [my goalscoring record], but if you look at my statistics in Manchester, Madrid and at Chivas – in comparison to the games I started – they're quite similar."

In terms of a goals-to-starts ratio, most of Hernandez’s appearances in Manchester came from the bench, while a record of nine goals in 12 starts while on loan Real Madrid CF last season was nothing to be ashamed of. "Now I've scored 19 goals in 22 starts so I think you can look more at these kind of performances because I've been playing the whole game," said Hernandez, highlighting the key to his success since his summer move to the BayArena. "This run of games helps me to be more confident and to be more helpful for the team. Not only with my goals."

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'I'm very happy'

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This season, Manchester United FC's loss was Leverkusen's gain with Roger Schmidt reaping the rewards of putting his faith in Hernandez, much like former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson did upon the arrival of 'Chicharito' in Europe. "Because of the belief [Alex Ferguson] had in me, it meant I could deliver. Then with [David] Moyes and [Louis] van Gaal it turned out not to be possible, but that's football."

He added: "You're not always going to be on top, always playing and always scoring goals. That's part of the game, that's part of life, but those are the type of moments that I try to learn from. [Louis van Gaal] loaned me first to Madrid and then he sent me here to Leverkusen, but that's also part of football, it's nothing personal I don't think. I don't feel like that. It's just the way that it is, it happens, that's football.

"Fortunately, Leverkusen wanted me to sign in the last days [of the transfer window] and now I'm very happy, I'm very glad because that happened."

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