Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has praised David de Gea for his ‘great’ performance against Ukraine in Spain’s final Euro 2016 qualifier.
Coming into the side to replace Iker Casillas, De Gea was resolute and made a total of ten saves on a night where Ukraine constantly threatened Spain’s goal.
The tight 1-0 win for Spain was largely due to De Gea’s excellent display in goal and Del Bosque was under no illusion about who he deserved to be singled out for their excellent performance.
“The experience was a good one with all the changes we were able to make,” he said after the game.
“Ukraine played really well. David de Gea was great — so was Thiago.
“We have good players and from here our work is simpler, we are happy. It will be a problem to choose just 23 players for Euro 2016, but there’s still a long way to go until then.”
That praise from Del Bosque will be music to the ears of De Gea because at the end of the day, he is the only person whose opinion matters when it comes to Spain. It will be Del Bosque who chooses to start in goal at Euro 2016 and De Gea’s magnificent performance was the perfect way to show what he’s all about.
Actions speak louder than words in football and on a night where De Gea knew he had to perform to catch the attention of Del Bosque, he did so in emphatic, yet composed, fashion and put himself in great stead heading back into the Premier League and Champions League with Manchester United.