The Manchester United goalkeeper has regained his place in La Roja’s starting XI despite being criticized in England. The former Athletic Club stopper has also had a hard time since joining Chelsea.

Luis Enrique defends De Gea and Kepa

Luis Enrique has leaped to the defence of both David de Gea and Kepa Arrizabalaga after an impressive 1-1 performance for Spain on Thursday, away for Germany. The Manchester United goalkeeper has regained his place in La Roja’s starting XI despite being criticized in England. The former Athletic Club stopper has also had a hard time since joining Chelsea. “De Gea played many these games in England,” Luis Enrique said after the game. “We follow him exhaustively, but he and Kepa are on the news if they make a mistake. They are used to it. With the game he played, we have to say that we have a great goalkeeper. I will encourage them so as not to fall apart, and this is a position from which I demand a lot. But since the press gives them such a hard time, I am more affectionate towards them.

“They both know their mistakes are more visible than other players, but they are used to it.” It took Spain more than four minutes extra time to find their eventual equalizer late, and Luis Enrique knows there is work to be done. “Of course, there is a lot to improve,” he said. “On a tactical level, I’m pleased. No matter where or who we play, we will always go after the opponents.” It’s in our DNA to play in half of the opponents, but today I would love it if we didn’t lose the ball like that. Ansu Fati had a resounding debut,” the boss added. “There are players who are taking their first steps with the team, and they have worked well. They’re going to play for a lot more minutes. It’s nice to see people want it.”