“The message we try to transmit to the group is that this is a unique tournament that you might only play once in your career, or if you are very lucky, twice.” David de Gea
David De Gea will step out against Italy in Tuesday’s U21 European Championship final having not conceded a single goal in the tournament so far.
Brilliant performances against the likes of Holland earned him plaudits from managers and players alike who have been impressed with his professionalism on the pitch.
And if he can keep Italy out and lift the trophy he won with Spain back in 2011, it will also make De Gea Spain’s most capped U21 player in history and finish a memorable season for him after his superb Premier League campaign that culminated in his PFA Team of the Year inclusion.
As for Javier Hernandez, last night he scored Mexico’s only goal in their 2-1 defeat to Italy that opened up their 2013 Confederations Cup to take his international tally to a phenomenal 33 goals in 51 games.
It leaves Chicharito 13 goals shy of Jared Borgetti’s all time goalscoring record for Mexico of 46 goals in 89 appearances and given his goalscoring exploits, there is no reason why Hernandez will not become Mexico’s all time highest goalscorer.
The competition at the Confederations Cup is difficult with the likes of Brazil, Spain and Italy but Hernandez has shown he is more than a match for any defence with his performances in the last three years.
Both Hernandez and De Gea had good seasons with United for different reasons. For De Gea, he came out of his shell and slapped the faces of his staunchest critics with outstandingly consistent world class goalkeeping performances. For Hernandez, he struggled to get game time yet still managed to score 16 goals and had the best goals-to-minutes ratio in the Premier League.
They have already had busy summers respectively and with United’s pre-season tour less than four weeks away, it seems like the new season is already just around the corner and if both players can continue their international success, they will be giving themselves the best possible preparation going into the 2013 tour and next season.