Coming off the bench 45 minutes into the biggest game of the season, tasked with overturning the advantage of an impressive Bayern Munich must stand as one of the most daunting remits for any substitute.
Add to that a lack of first-team action, playing just 112 minutes in 2016 against Sampdoria and Chievo, and it is easy to comprehend quite how impressive Anderson Carvalho Viana Lima Hernanes’ second-half performance was in Tuesday night’s Champions League first-leg draw with the German champions.
Tenacious in the tackle, calm on the ball and flawless in his decision-making, Hernanes’ cameo was one of the catalysts for the Bianconeri’s excellent comeback and for the Brazilian, served to vindicate a personal patience and self-belief that has remained undiminished since arriving at the club in late August.
“I’ve yet to miss out on any of my goals so far in my career and thanks for that goes to God. Recently my own objective has been to make myself available to the team and contribute as best as I can,” the midfielder began in today’s exclusive interview with the club’s official television channel, Jtv.
“All along I knew the moment would come when I could show my qualities so while I wasn’t expecting it to arrive on Tuesday night, I think I responded well to the challenge."