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Kepa has shown sympathy towards De gea recently demoted to Spain number two behind him.
De Gea Manchester United’s number one goal keeper and Spain’s number one goal keeper for Russia 2018 world cup, has been on a bad run of from and has now been demoted to being Spain number two behind Kepa Chelsea’s number one.
Kepa has started all three Spain competitive matches against Malta, the Faroe Islands and Sweden in the Euro 2020 qualifying rounds, and De Gea has had to settle for the second goal keeper shirt in Luis Enrique’s team.
Spain beats Sweden in a 3-0 encounter on Monday and are now 5 points clear at the top of Group F, and Kepa was delighted to have kept a clean sheet at Bernabeu to aid Spain’s victory.
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He was asked at the post match interview on Monday about Luis Enrique’s decision, Kepa replies:
‘I’m going to continue working as I have until now, doing my best at my club to keep the confidence of the coach,’
‘Whoever plays will do very well. Of course I understand that David is sad, we all train to play and then it is the decision of the coach, and it is up to you to respond well. ‘We are always surrounded by such controversies, but we must take it naturally.
‘I’m happy to play, to help the team and to finish the season in the best way possible. ‘The season has been very long, but before we left we had these two very important commitments. We are happy to finish in the best way possible.’
Roberto Moreno Spain assistant manager revealed why Kepa has been favored ahead of De Gea.
‘We don’t think the De Gea period with Spain is over,’ Moreno said. ‘But Kepa had an incredible end of the season – champion of the Europa League with great performances.
In this concrete moment, we thought that Kepa could help us in a better way. ‘The competition is now on. When you have something easy, you get relaxed, and that’s not good. The competitiveness is also good in goal.
Moreno added: “It’s not just about one single thing. We already watched Kepa play quite well in the Europa League, so you could already guess he was in good shape. But we had to check it in the team.
‘I talked to Luis Enrique on Friday, right before the game, and we chatted about it. And after the game, we decided to keep him in the line-up.
‘It’s not one concrete moment when we decided it, but we started commenting the line-up a long time ago, and then when you have all the info on your hands, that’s what gives you the last push to take the decision.
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