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Luis Enrique criticises "obsession" with blaming David de Gea

Spain coach Luis Enrique hit back at critics of David de Gea after a shock 1-0 defeat by Ukraine, saying that blaming the 29-year-old goalkeeper has become an "obsession".

Viktor Tsygankov scored the winner against the run of play in the 76th minute of the Nations League A, Group 4 clash yesterday morning (Singapore time), catching a poorly positioned de Gea by surprise by firing home from outside the area.

Enrique defended his No. 1, telling Spanish TV programme El Chiringuito de Jugones: "Blaming de Gea is an obsession and has become a turn on.

"The responsibility for each goal belongs to the whole team. We need to improve and create more scoring chances. I am happy with what I have seen today within the squad."

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