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Faitelson: Chicharito's night

Real Madrid
 By Rob Train

Chicharito stay would be a win-win for Real Madrid

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno assesses Chicharito's recent run at Real Madrid, and believes he has shown a lot of character in the last two matches.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has praised Chicharito's impact in the their recent wins.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez grabbed the headlines after Real Madrid's victory at Balaidos on Sunday night, scoring twice in a hard-fought 4-2 triumph that kept the side's title hopes alive. At just the right time from the point of view of both player and club, Chicharito has gained a position of importance within the team. Real's plans for Chicharito remain vague -- "at the end of the season" is manager Carlo Ancelotti's mantra -- but a striker signed on loan for a €2.5 million fee and...

Real Madrid show fighting spirit, Barca ease to win - Five things from La Liga

The ESPN FC crew discuss the La Liga title race, and unanimously predict that Barcelona will not drop points in their remaining fixtures.

Five thoughts gleaned from the weekend's action, as Barcelona eased past Espanyol and Real Madrid showed some fighting spirit against Celta Vigo.

1. Barca focus spot on

The Catalan capital derbi at Espanyol looked a potentially tricky one for Barcelona. The previous day's Champions League semifinal draw had set up Josep Guardiola's emotional return to the Camp Nou with Bayern Munich in just 10 days' time. Saturday was also the first anniversary of the death of former Blaugrana coach Tito...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Commentator mistakenly calls Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez naughty word

The ESPN FC panel answer your tweets on the best defense among the last 4 teams in the Champions League, and whether Chicharito's winner has revived his career at Real Madrid.

You can call Real Madrid striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez a lot of things, just don't say "pendejo."

That's what Cadena SER commentator Antonio Romero called the Mexico international -- twice -- each time Hernandez scored against Celta Vigo in Real's 4-2 win Sunday.

Pendejo is slang in Argentina for "teenager," but in Mexico it's a profanity that's closer to "idiot," and that is putting it in elegant terms.

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Romero clarified via Twitter that he did not mean to offend, saying he found out...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Brendan Rodgers' at Liverpool, Eden Hazard's status, 'Hotel Zlatan'

The ESPN FC team react to Eden Hazard winning the PFA Player of the Year award, where Alejandro Moreno still does not feel the Belgian international is yet one of the top five players in the world.
The ESPN FC team react to Chelsea's goalless draw with Arsenal, where Paul Mariner explains Jose Mourinho's side should've scored a few goals, but failed to convert their chances.

Football always inspires debate, and this weekend was no exception. Here are five burning questions on the ESPN FC radar.

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The Champions League semifinals are set, with Barcelona drawing Bayern Munich and Juventus matched up against holders Real Madrid. The fun begins May 5th and 6th.

Who will win this year's Champions League trophy?

Well, the weekend's worst-kept secret is out: Chelsea's Eden Hazard is the winner of the 2014-15 PFA Player of the Year award, fending off...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Real Madrid's shock move for John Obi Mikel, Spurs chase Florian Thauvin

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Real Madrid's back and forth game at Celta Vigo and credits Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez with inspiring Los Blancos to a 4-2 win.
John Obi Mikel may not sound like a Galactico-like signing, but could probably do a job for Real Madrid.

The rumours are gaining steam and, in many instances, credibility. It's the sweet spot for Transfer Talk, where anything is possible as the summer window nears.

Real to make shock move for Blues benchwarmer?

John Obi Mikel was once rated so highly that Chelsea and Manchester United fought a bitter battle over the midfielder's future. Unfortunately for the Blues and Mikel, he never really fulfilled his potential, yet has become a solid squad option for Jose Mourinho.

That dependability is an enticing...

Chicharito powers Real Madrid to win for second time in a week

ESPN FC's Alejandro Moreno breaks down Real Madrid's back and forth game at Celta Vigo and credits Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez with inspiring Los Blancos to a 4-2 win.

Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez brought a memorable week to a close with a brace that helped Real Madrid to a hard-fought 4-2 victory in an entertaining game against Celta Vigo in Galicia.

The Mexican, who scored the winner in the midweek Champions League triumph against Atletico Madrid, took his tally to six goals in just three starts in La Liga and three goals in five days with two neat and timely goals in Balaidos as Madrid kept their title aspirations alive following Barcelona's derby win over...