Spain boss Enrique defends Man United De Gea amid criticism Bad habit of blaming him

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Spain coach Luis Enrique has defended David De Gea after the Manchester United goalkeeper put on another disappointing display for his country in a 1-0 UEFA Nations League defeat to Ukraine.Viktor Tsygankov’s 76th minute winner on Tuesday night saw De Gea taken out of position as Spain suffered their first loss since November 2018.

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The visitors dominated the game in Kiev, making 21 shots against the two Ukrainians, but were unable to try their luck until they were hit by the counterattack.

The performance raised further questions about Spain’s lack of a reliable No.1 – and natural scorer on the other end of the pitch – ahead of next summer’s European Championships.

“You can always do more,” Luis Enrique said in his post-match press conference, when asked about De Gea’s responsibility for this goal. “But to blame [De Gea]… it’s a bad habit, you [journalists] love to do it. ”

“We could all do more, me first. When you get a cake, you share it, and when you have a plate that goes wrong, you share that too. We could all have done more, but in a game like this, if you blame De Gea, let’s finish and go home. ”

De Gea have started all four of Spain’s Nations League games this season, while Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga was selected for a 0-0 draw with Portugal last week.

De Gea, 29 – who joined United from Atletico Madrid in 2011 – has been constantly criticized in Spain for his performances with the national team, especially since a disastrous performance at the 2018 World Cup.

It has retained its place, in part, for lack of reliable alternatives. Kepa had been seen as De Gea’s successor after his much-publicized € 80million move to Chelsea in 2018, but has since struggled in England.

Kepa’s mistakes in Chelsea’s first Premier League games against Brighton and Liverpool saw the club signing Edouard Mendy from Rennes as a potential replacement.

Despite Tuesday’s loss, Spain remain atop their Nations League Group 4 with seven points, ahead of Germany, who drew 3-3 with Switzerland.

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