De Gea Or Kepa? Spain Boss Reveals His Plans

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Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and Chelsea number one Kepa Arrizabalaga are currently vying for the La Roja number one spot.

De Gea has been undisputed first choice for a long time, but has seen his position battled by the Chelsea goalkeeper.

Arrizabalaga seemed to have nailed down the number 1 position temporarily after De Gea saw his form for La Roja come under intense scrutiny following a poor showing at last summer’s World Cup and his performances at club level seemed to have dropped towards the end of last season.

Both goalkeepers were called up for Spain’s international clash with Romania on Thursday and the Faroe Islands on Sunday in their Euro 2020 qualification double header.

Spain boss Robert Moreno has suggested that he could rotate the duo during the international games.

“If the goalkeepers are at the level that they have shown up to now, it’s possible to alternate them,” Moreno told reporters.

“I don’t believe that in a national team it’s crucial that the same goalkeeper plays all the games.

“I’m expectant but I don’t see it as a debut having felt that way against the Faroe Islands and Sweden. I’m looking forward to the game and to do well.”

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has started the last three matches for Spain in the Euro 2020 qualifiers after a dip in form by long-time incumbent David De Gea, but Moreno had revealed in a previous interview that he doesn’t have a favourite yet.

“My goalkeepers are De Gea, Kepa and Pau Lopez,” said the former Barcelona assistant manager to Spanish radio station Cadena SER.

“I like that there is competition. Kepa is not ahead of De Gea, and neither is ahead of Pau.

“I want to get to the Euros with three goalkeepers who are ready to compete. They are all playing at a high level and there are nuances and differences between them. All three have good footwork.

“At Barca, we won the treble alternating goalkeepers.”

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