Kepa Confident To Challenge De Gea For Spain Number 1 Spot

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Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga made the La Roja squad for Spain’s Euro 2020 qualifiers away to Norway on Saturday and away to Sweden on Tuesday.

For many years, Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has been Spain’s undisputed number one goalkeeper, but Kepa seems to be the one with the mantle now as he has started four of the national team’s last five matches, with De Gea returning to the XI for the 4-0 win over the Faroe Islands last month.

Kepa has now revealed that he’s confident to keep for Spain in their upcoming games.

“My goal is to play,” he said at Friday’s pre-match news conference. “All players want to be in the starting XI. I am obviously confident and want to help the team.

“If I am one of the eleven chosen, my goal is to win a match and that will not be easy against Norway.

“I feel good and I’m confident. It is true that I barely participated at the World Cup and now I’m able to help the team more.”

The world’s most expensive goalkeeper also admitted that the competition among the goalkeepers will only help the team.

“Whenever there is a debate over a position for the national team, it is a good thing – the beneficiary is the team,” he said.

“Since the policy of rotating in the goal has become common, you have to trust yourself.

“All these comments in the press, I don’t get involved in that, we simply have to do our talking on the pitch.”

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