Leverkusen - Javier Hernandez believes Bayer 04 Leverkusen’s rip-roaring start to the UEFA Champions League will inspire them as they head to Borussia Dortmund for Sunday’s Matchday 5 showdown.
On his first start for the club he joined from Manchester United FC this summer, 'Chicharito' teed up Admir Mehmedi for Leverkusen’s first and then netted the third himself in a 4-1 win over FC BATE Borisov on Wednesday that gave Roger Schmidt’s men the perfect start to Group E.
'Bate win gives us confidence'
The stunning triumph helped ease the disappointment of last weekend’s surprise home loss to SV Darmstadt 98, and Hernandez acknowledged it would also provide Die Werkself with the confidence to face up to the massive challenge posed by Thomas Tuchel’s Bundesliga leaders.
"I'm happy, really happy. But more than the goal, the thing I take away most from the game is the result. We won 4-1 with a good performance from the whole team," the Mexico international told media at the BayArena. "We wanted to bounce back after our defeat in the Bundesliga. This result will give us a lot of confidence to go to Dortmund and try to produce another good performance, and try to win the game."
More than his maiden Bayer goal, Hernandez's understanding with Mehmedi and, in particular, Hakan Calhanoglu, who fired home his side's other two goals against BATE, bodes well for Leverkusen, and ill for the Dortmund defence.
"It's in my mind to do my best, to try and do what the coach tells me to do on the pitch, and get used to the way of playing and my teammates," Hernandez explained. "I'm trying my best on and off the pitch to get results. This is a very important result for us to start the Champions League."