The Spanish press have turned on David de Gea after Spain became the latest high profile team to drop out of this summer’s World Cup.
With Germany having fallen in the group stages, and Argentina and Portugal being dumped out in the round of 16, Spain, who were in easier side of the draw, were heavily tipped to reach the final later this month.
However, despite having a squad filled with quality in every department, they were unable get past tournament hosts Russia, who held them to a 1-1 draw, before dumping them out 4-3 on penalties.
As always in these situations, there is the usual post mortem, and after a surprisingly poor string of performances, Manchester United ‘keeper David de Gea has been absolutely hammered by the Spanish press.
During their four games, De Gea conceded six goals and made just one save. He made a very uncharacteristic mistake in the opening game against Portugal to allow Cristiano Ronaldo to score his second goal, before failing to save a single one of Russia’s spot kicks on Sunday afternoon.
In their match report for the Russia game, Marca gave De Gea the lowest score of all the Spanish players, as well as questioning his position as Spain’s first choice ‘keeper:
“De Gea didn’t save any of Russia’s four penalties and left Russia having lost his position as the undisputed No. 1 of Spain.”
In a separate article, they also said:
“It would be wrong to blame David De Gea for Spain’s elimination from the World Cup. But what is true is that the goalkeeper has not produced the best four games of his life and statistics back this up.
“The debate started early. The first day. De Gea failed against Cristiano, conceded three goals and did not rise from the blow. Before Iran he showed insecurity, his defence stopped trusting him and that weight of the error against Portugal has ended up burying him.
“He leaves the World Cup as the goalkeeper with the fewest saves.”
Fellow Madrid based paper AS also laid into the United man saying he was “Nobody can explain how he did not stop this penalty,” (Russia’s third penalty in the shootout which was scored by Aleksandr Golovin)
“David de Gea’s World Cup has been a disaster. The penalty shootout was one more example. In the third Russian penalty with everything in favour to stop it, incomprehensibly the ball went through him.”
“Put another way, 91.6 per cent of shots against the Madrid ended in goal.”
Meanwhile Mundo Deportivo use De Gea’s disappointing stats to highlight how poor his tournament has been:
“It means that he is the goalkeeper that has made fewest saves from at least three games since 1966.”
De Gea has constantly been touted by the Spanish media as a target for Real Madrid, but this latest hammering, could see them cool their interest in him, much to the delight of Manchester United fans everywhere.
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