One of the main talking points in Spain’s build-up to this summer’s European Championships has been the goalkeeping situation. David de Gea, who was the undisputed first-choice until this year, was dropped by Luis Enrique and has failed to feature in their last 12 games.
Instead, Athletic Club goalkeeper Unai Simon took his place and has been trusted by Luis Enrique to play all four of Spain’s Euro 2020 games so far.
The 24-year-old is seen as a promising goalkeeper but managed just one save in the group phase, a point-blank stop from Robert Lewandowski in their 1-1 draw with Poland.
The round-of-16 encounter spelled danger for Simon, however, as he comically let Pedri’s backpass from the halfway line bounce over his foot and into the net.
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David de Gea, who was named on the bench despite his injury troubles, was dropped by Luis Enrique but might have been gifted a way back into the former Barcelona manager’s thinking.
The 30-year-old is one of the most experienced players in the Spain camp and could be vying for a return as his side’s first-choice goalkeeper.