Friday, 24 July 2020

David De Gea is still world class - Kasper Schmeichel

David De Gea is still world class - Kasper Schmeichel

Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel has backed Manchester United man David De Gea following the criticism he has been receiving from the media since his mistakes against Chelsea.

David De Gea has been in the spotlight for the wrong reasons recently as he is now known as the goalkeeper who gifts opponents' goals owning to the fact he tends to make awful mistakes when he is in goal.

However, Leicester City No. 1 Kasper Schmeichel has backed David De Gea claiming the United man is still a World-class goalkeeper but the problem is the media who are trying to label him bad.

'It can be very difficult and you've got to remember, and this is with absolutely no disrespect to journalists or pundits, but you've actually never stood in that goal,' Schmeichel said during a chat with Patrick Davison of Sky Sports

'You would classify things as mistakes or errors, and there are things that are glaring sometimes, but often this narrative can be created around a goalkeeper because it's the pundits and journalists' job to educate and that's their job. They're telling their educated opinions about goalkeeping, things like hand positions, feet positions, technical things which sometimes is quite damaging to a goalkeeper.

'You hear comments like, 'going with the wrong hand', or other throw away things that they'll say which will make the consumer or viewer think, 'oh yeah, that's right, I see he's done it again.'

'That's sometimes quite a dangerous narrative because all of a sudden it starts building momentum and for someone like David, I really feel for him because he has been unbelievable for so many years and every goalkeeper goes through periods [of poor form].'

'There is a lot of pressure also in the sense that you now have an England goalkeeper coming through and, like it or not, in this country when you have an English goalkeeper, that means so much and they really do tend to build them up.'

'I genuinely hope for someone like Dean Henderson, who's had an amazing season, that he can be allowed to develop. I hope for him, he gets another season, maybe two at Sheffield United and play the way he's done and then he'll be ready.'

'But for now, David de Gea is still a world-class goalkeeper. It's a lonely position and those are the margins you play in as a goalkeeper - you simply cannot make mistakes because you will be punished.'

'So the difference between goalkeepers and outfielders is the little, tiny, minute details which are the difference and when they go against you, they are really glaring and they will be spotted.'

'Outfielders don't have to have the same mentality and they say we're crazy, which we are because we're the only ones who dare to take the responsibility because if outfielders took that kind of responsibility, we'd have some unbelievable players everywhere.'

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