Leverkusen's head coach Roger Schmidt listens to the media prior the Champions League round of 16 first leg soccer match against Atletico Madrid in Leverkusen, Germany, Monday, Feb. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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In-form Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez is the right man to break open a tight Atletico Madrid defense when the two sides meet in Tuesday's Champions League round of 16 first leg, coach Roger Schmidt said Monday.The Mexican forward has netted four times in their last two league matches, including twice in their 3-1 victory over Augsburg on Friday, with Leverkusen ready to protect their European 10-match unbeaten run at home.Schmidt said 28-year-old Hernandez' current scoring run came at just the right time as they look for a spot in the quarter-finals, with key attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu missing through suspension until the end of the season.
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