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Luis Enrique refuses to blame Man Utd keeper De Gea for Spain loss

Spain boss Luis Enrique leapt to the defense of his under fire goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Manchester United and Spain no.1 has endured a difficult couple of seasons.

He was at fault again as Spain fell 1-0 against Ukraine in the UEFA Nations League.

De Gea questionably came off his line to allow Viktor Tsygankov to slot home into the corner of the net.

"You can always do more, but blaming De Gea is already a bad habit," Enrique told reporters post-game.

"If David is blamed for a game like this, switch it off and we'll leave."

He continued: "If you attack in a continuous way, you know there are transitions. If a team defends and keeps it at 0-0, they grow, and in one action they've caught us. We have to congratulate them.

"Nothing happens because in one or two games you don't score goals. We created chances to kill them off. It was a game clearly under our control, with opponents closing the passes and the passing lines.

"We created chances with Adama [Traore] through his overlapping. In the end, we went into panic mode. I've lost lots of these games in my career. The opponent is growing and then in a transition…

"The conclusion is I liked the attitude of the players. I like what I see."

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