David De Gea had a night to forget as Manchester United lost 3-0 to Barcelona to bow out of the Champions League. United’s goalkeeping coach was upbeat of De Gea’s preparation for the tie, but it was not to be for the Spaniard.
De Gea made a huge error when he let Lionel Messi’s tame shot slip under him. That goal effectively ended the tie, and United’s comeback hopes. Before the game, United goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez was talking to a radio station.
“We do some things differently. I wouldn’t lie if I said we do a super special preparation,” he said. “I already worked in La Liga for many seasons with David as well and before with other keepers. I can’t deny that there is a particularity regarding Leo in which in the end, you try to offer tools and data to the keeper so that it can help him.”
“But we all know that no matter how much you study Leo, or if you have the tools and those are good, talent is always above anything else. I do work that is more specific with De Gea which I obviously can’t reveal, but we do some things different and we include other things than with respect to another game as we are facing Leo.”
De Gea has not signed a new contract at United yet, as the likes of PSG are hovering about for his services. Yesterday’s performance was definitely not a good look for potential suitors.