February 25, 2021 – 10:59 am
Matthijs de Ligt is recently fighting with Merih Demiral, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini for a normal spot within the middle of the Juventus defence, however that doesn’t distract him from the admiration he has for his competitors.
The Dutch defender joined from Ajax 18 months in the past, and has been a success in Turing. The centre-back has proven adulthood past his 21 years, and now not best looks as if a participant for the now, however a pacesetter for the long run.
De Ligt admits that he use to play as a maintaining midfielder, looking to mold his sport on legends Sergio Busquets and Andrea Pirlo, ahead of making the transfer to defence on the age of 14, and speaks of his admiration for his new trainer.
“Up till the age of 14 at Ajax, I performed as a deep-lying midfielder and had two fashions to observe: Sergio Busquets and Andrea Pirlo,” De Ligt advised Sky Recreation Italia (by way of FootballItalia).
“I watched such a lot of Pirlo movies and truly appreciated him as a participant. He used to be an excellent instance for me to observe.”
De Ligt used to be then requested his ideas on operating along the likes of Chiellini and Bonucci, who aren’t best nonetheless on the best of the sport now, however also are legends of the sport in their very own proper.
“Bonucci is this type of robust defender,” the 21-year-old added. “He has this nice imaginative and prescient and is superb at the ball.
“He could make each lengthy and quick passes correctly, and that’s essential for me, as a result of I do know that I’ve so much to be told in that admire.
“Chiellini’s man-marking within the field is unbelievable, I’ve by no means observed any individual like him. I frequently inform him it looks as if he has a magnet in his head, he’s at all times in the correct place. He truly is unbelievable.
“I feel that I’m in excellent form bodily, I believe more potent and faster, whilst I additionally realized an enormous quantity tactically since coming to Italy.
“At Ajax, we did a large number of man-marking, while in Serie A it’s extra zonal. Having enjoy of each programs subsequently makes me a greater participant.”
If Matthijs can upload a few of their qualities to the ability he already possesses, he may actually turn into the most efficient centre-back in international soccer over the approaching seasons, and it’s refreshing to listen to a participant of his stature discuss extremely of his elders.