David de Gea enjoyed a quiet Euro 2016 opener in Spain’s 1-0 win over Czech Republic in Group D.
Spain were in total control which limited Czech Republic to only one or two decent chances in the whole 90 minutes but whenever they had any hint at goal, De Gea was in the perfect position to swat away a shot.
While there will be opposition fans who point out that shots came at De Gea more often than not, nothing should be taken away from his positional sense. He always cuts the angles well and positions himself spot on which makes his job a whole lot easier and that’s not down to luck.
A clean sheet is the perfect start to Euro 2016 for De Gea. He never let his concentration slip at any point and that’s a really important attribute for any goalkeeper but the Czech Republic really did make it easy for him.
Next up for Spain is Turkey on 17 June and I don’t see any reason why De Gea would be taken out of the team for Iker Casillas. This should be the beginning of De Gea’s era as Spain and Manchester United’s first choice goalkeeper.