David de Gea‘s quest to become Spain’s No.1 goalkeeper was given a real boost last night by his performance against Ukraine.
Not only was Vicente del Bosque impressed with how ‘great’ he was but the Spanish press have been raving over how well he played.
Writing about De Gea’s performance, AS said: “Stallone’s films made shots with Less Than This match in Kiev (Ukraine Took 28). The ‘other’ Spanish side was not what we’re used to, Both attacking and Allowing Their rivals to attack them. What will go into the records was De Gea’s performance (10 saves, Most of them difficult ones), as he’s now a national hero in Hungary, putting them on the brink of going to the European Championships as best third-placed side, and half a dozen true works of art from Thiago, Isco and Nolito. It was a tiring, fun esta Western experience with a happy ending: Spain’s eighth win on the trot. And Ukraine go to the play-offs Themselves With Nothing to beat up about.”
Here’s some of what Marca had to say: “The Ukrainian national team and people will be having nightmares about David de Gea for some time to come. The Manchester United goalkeeper’s stunning performance was one of the main reasons why Spain came away with a slender victory from Kiev’s Olimpiyskiy National Sports Complex, dashing the hosts’ hopes of automatic qualification.
The Yellow and Blues bombarded De Gea for 90 minutes, but the former Atlético star was a match for everything thrown at him – kitchen sink, table, cupboards and all. On no fewer than ten occasions did Mykhaylo Fomenko’s men hit the target, but each and every time De Gea – given the nod in place of the rested Iker Casillas – thwarted them.
As far as praise goes, it doesn’t get much higher than that does it? De Gea has won over the fans, manager and seemingly the press with his performance against Spain.
For Manchester United, having a De Gea riding high on confidence after a strong international break is exactly what we need because he’s likely to be very busy in goal this October with some tough fixtures coming up against Everton, CSKA Moscow and Manchester City.
Iker Casillas might still be Spain’s No.1 goalkeeper for the time but it is a case of when, and not if, he is replaced by De Gea. With performances like that against Ukraine, it could be sooner rather than later.