Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has leaped to the defence of Spain team-mate David de Gea following a shaky start to the 2018 World Cup campaign in Russia this summer.
Spain managed to top Group B with just five points after playing out a thrilling 3-3 stalemate with Portugal, narrowly beating Iran 1-0 and coming back from behind twice to draw 2-2 against Morocco.
De Gea fumbled a Cristiano Ronaldo strike in the opener which saw his nation drop two points though, and conceding two against bottom country Morocco didn’t help mass criticism he was receiving from his own supporters die down.
However, Thiago has come out and publicly defended the Spanish no. 1 as well as reminding the media how talented he actually is in between the sticks for club and country, on and off the pitch.
“If you have seen the matches of David de Gea at Manchester United you can see that he is a porterazo [magnificent goalkeeper]. To criticise, you have to see everything, including how he works in training like an animal.”
Despite the criticism De Gea has been on the end of, manager Fernando Hierro has confirmed he’ll start with the Manchester United man in Spain’s round of 16 clash against hosts Russia on Sunday.
Hopefully we’ll see the best of the world-class ‘keeper ahead of the 2018-19 season, where he’ll once again be expected to make an impact at Old Trafford.<--Article End-->