Thiago: De Gea was magnificent

Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcantara has praised Spain teammate and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea for his performance against Ukraine.

La Roja wrapped up their Euro 2016 qualification campaign with a 1-0 victory over the Ukrainians in Kiev on Monday, having already qualified for bext year's tournament in France.

Villarreal defender Mario Gaspar netted the only goal, but the reigning European champions had to rely on the former Atletico Madrid stopper to keep the hosts out at the other end with an assured performance between the sticks.

"The word sensational doesn't do De Gea's performance justice," Thiago told TVE. "He was magnificent and saved everything that came his way."

De Gea's confident showing on his seventh senior cap will give manager Vicente Del Bosque a tough choice between his emerging talent and the vast experience of Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team's established captain.

"I always try to do my best and I had a good game," he said. "We knew we were coming to a very difficult stadium to face a tough team who needed to win, so it was a very good victory for us.

"I try to play at my highest level all the time and I want to make it difficult for the coach to choose his No.1 goalkeeper ahead of the Euros.

"I want to stay at the level I was at last season, which I think was very high. It's difficult to stay consistent, but I want to continue growing and improving."

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