“A great goalkeeper, confidence-wise I’m not so sure”- Ex-Liverpool defender gives Spain goalkeeper verdict

With Euro 2020 now underway, 101 sat down with ex-Liverpool defender Jose Enrique to talk all things Spain, including the headache that Luis Enrique will almost certainly be experiencing with his goalkeeper situation.

In his controversial 24 man squad, Enrique named three goalkeepers- Manchester United’s David De Gea, Atletico Bilbao’s Unai Simon and Brighton and Hove Albion’s Robert Sanchez.

This meant that there was no space for Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga, nor veteran goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

Last season, Kepa Arrizabalaga played 41 times for a Chelsea side that finished in the top four.

Meanwhile, Brighton keeper Robert Sánchez was on loan at Rochdale, finishing 18th in League One.

Sánchez is now heading to the Euros with Spain whilst Kepa misses out.

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Despite such high-profile absentees, there is still no set number one, with Unai Simon playing in Spain’s one warm-up game, while De Gea has endured a difficult campaign.

When we asked Jose Enrique who he thought should be starting in between the posts for La Furia Roja:

“Unai Simon from Bilbao… I really really really like him.

Obviously David De Gea will be my favourite or everyone’s favourite really but I’m not sure about his confidence after what happened in the Europa League final. Obviously United fans will not be very happy with him, they weren’t before, but less now. So I’m not sure about picking De Gea because of confidence, not quality.

I love De Gea, I believe he’s a great goalkeeper, but confidence-wise I’m not so sure. That’s why I’d go with Unai Simon.

We then asked how De Gea was thought of back in his home nation:

“They don’t like him much either to be honest [in the National team] as a player. Obviously as a person, no-one can talk, but as a player, because he’s made a few big mistakes for Spain as well in the past, they don’t like him much.

“I don’t know what’s happened to him,…


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