De Ligt is back in football

De Ligt is back in football

Juventus Turin defender Matthijs de Ligt shared his feelings regarding adaptation in a new club after the match with Bayer.

In the second round of the Champions League group stage, Juventus met with Bayer Leverkusen, defeating them flawlessly in Turin with a score of 3:0. Maurizio Sarri chose 4-3-3 formation for this match, which transformed into 4-3-1-2, when Bernardeschi descended to the playmaker position.

The defensive four consisted of Alex Sandro and Cuadrado in the wings, while Bonucci and de Ligt played in the center. The Dutchman won two upper-tier duels, took away the ball twice and gave 94% of accurate passes. After the game he told about his adaptation with the giant of the Italian football,

“I was a captain at Ajax, I had the right to speak there, and here I had to find my place. Now I feel that I have found it and I am happy with it.

Italy is known for its teams, playing defensively, but the trend is changing – just look at how high everyone defends.

We have a new manager and not only I need to adapt. Unfortunately I began unsuccessfully, but I have to add improve every day and with every game. This is what I am doing right now and everything is working out well.”

It is obvious that Juventus purchased de Ligt for the sake of perspective. The 20-year old player is greatly inferior in experience to Bonucci and Chiellini. Even paired with the best defender in the world Virgil van Dijk in the national team, he received yellow and red cards; therefore, you should not expect an unmistakable game from him. The fact that he was bought for 75 million euros, reflects his class combined with age and he has enormous development prospects. Especially with such hegemons of defensive arts, like Bonucci and Chiellini.

It is much more important that he does not repeat the fate of the crystal Umtiti and Vermaelen, and also does not follow in the footsteps of the “best defender in the world” Dejan Lovren. Given the temptation to fame, such a strength test for a guy will determine his fate until the end of his career.