Spain coach and players back De Gea: ‘He needs time and oxygen’

first_imgDavid de Gea has found support in Spain’s head coach Fernando Hierro and his teammates after his howler against Portugal that led to widespread criticism from the Spanish media.During the much-hyped Spain vs Portugal, de Gea let slip a direct shot from Cristiano Ronaldo and gifted Portugal their second goal of the night.Though Diego Costa and Nacho pulled back by scoring a couple of goals, Ronaldo stood decisive again and struck a delightful free kick to help Portugal earn a draw.De Gea has been massively criticised in the Spanish media for giving away a cheap goal to Ronaldo and also for his badly positioned defensive wall for the Ronaldo free-kick.FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 FULL COVERAGE”We have our full confidence in him, I know very clearly from experience that footballers need to feel confidence, not just in the good times,” Spain’s interim coach Hierro told reporters on Monday at the team’s base in Krasnodar.De Gea has repeatedly got his club out of jail and was voted player of the year at United last season. But he has made costly errors in three of his last four outings for Spain, also letting in cheap goals against Switzerland and Argentina.”He’s had difficult moments but you can get over everything with time. Goalkeepers have a special psychology, and sometimes action-reaction is not enough. De Gea needs time and oxygen,” added Hierro.Also read – We had very little time to adapt, says new Spain coach after Portugal drawadvertisement”All players need confidence and I’m going to give that to them. De Gea has taken everything naturally, we have to get used to debate because it’s part of the job. No-one has given him anything for free, and we need to be fair with him.”Midfielder Isco also gave his backing to Spain’s number one, who for now is fending off competition from Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and veteran keeper Pepe Reina.”De Gea is one of the best in the world, he knows how to react, and we are showing him a lot of love,” Isco said.Also read – World Cup 2018: Cristiano Ronaldo slams hat-trick, Portugal draw 3-3 with Spain”We have to help him because he helps us a lot, and that’s what this group is all about.”A former Spain defender and until last week the Spanish football federation’s director of football, Hierro has been catapulted into the unexpected position of head coach after Julen Lopetegui was sensationally sacked last Wednesday for negotiating a move to Real Madrid on the eve of the tournament.”I came here in a suit and Im going to return in a tracksuit,” added Hierro.”I was the sporting director but things are how they are, and in football things like this happen. Due to these circumstances I have a fantastic challenge, a challenge Im working on all day every day.”(With Reuters inputs)last_img

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