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24 shots… ‘super save’ De Gea, “I felt threatened throughout the game”

[인터풋볼] Reporter Park Ji-won = Manchester United’s David de Gea talked about the difficulties while leading Chelsea to a draw.


Manchester United drew 1-1 with Chelsea in the 13th round of the 2021-2022 Premier League season held at Stamford Bridge in London, England on the 29th at 1 am (Korean time). With this, Manchester United are in 8th place with 5 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses (18 points), while Chelsea are in the lead with 9 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss (30 points).

United gave up the lead in the first half and consecrated many scoring opportunities. The defense continued to falter, and only occasionally counterattacked, it was a futile performance. In the 30th minute of the first half, Chelsea’s Antonio Rudiger slammed his chest with a shot that hit the post. Looking at the first half alone, it was surprising that the score of 0-0 was maintained.

In the second half, United did not miss a single opportunity. In the 6th minute of the second half, Jorginho’s trapping process failed to catch the ball, and the ball went to Jadon Sancho. After a straight dribble, Sancho calmly finished in a one-on-one situation with the goalkeeper.

After Manchester United scored the first goal, Chelsea counterattacked. Then, in the 24th minute of the second half, Aaron Wan-Bissaka kicked Thiago Silva from a corner kick and a penalty kick (PK) was declared. Jorginho came as the kicker and shook the net.

In the second half, both teams continued a fierce battle. Just before the whistle, Romelu Lukaku’s shot went over the crossbar, ending in a draw.

According to ‘WhoScore.com’, a soccer statistics media, the top score for Manchester United was Sancho with a score of 7.2. The opening goal was a big factor. The second place was none other than De Gea. Chelsea fired 24 shots that day. Among them, De Gea made decisive saves five times and defended United’s goal. In addition to PK, he made it possible to avoid a situation that was as good as a run through consecutive saves in in-play situations.

After the match, De Gea said in an interview with British ‘Sky Sports’, “We almost gave up a lot of goals. He gave up several chances and played poorly. Throughout the game, I felt threatened.”

“Nevertheless, we defended well and we continued to fight to catch the ball. A decisive opportunity came for us as Chelsea missed the opportunity. The team’s efforts were very good. A draw wasn’t enough, but right now it felt like we were fighting together as a team.”

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