Spain suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Croatia in the UEFA Nations League clash at Stadion Maksimir on Wednesday.
Today’s edition of AS takes a look at David de Gea’s performance and claims the Manchester United goalkeeper’s display was not sufficient to close the debate over whether he should be his country’s first choice stopper.
It is the second time in two matches the 28-year-old has conceded three goals, which has put him at the ‘centre of controversy’.
The first two goals were conceded by Luis Enrique’s side were down to individual errors and poor defensive setup, but the Spanish newspaper is of the belief the ex-Atletico Madrid man should have ‘done more’ on both these occasions.
AS also pinpoints the Red Devils custodian’s performance for his country in the last two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup – where they were eliminated in the round of 16.
De Gea conceded six goals in the summer’s FIFA tournament and the report mentions he has offered ‘no security’ after his ‘evil role’ in Russia.
He has played five matches since the World Cup and conceded eight goals, while keeping only one clean sheet in the process, and the ManchesterUnited star’s display has not warranted him to be selected automatically for La Roja.
It should be seen whether Enrique will stick with De Gea or provide Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga or Pau Lopez of Real Betis an opportunity in Spain’s friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday.