Matthijs De Ligt Admits Form For Juventus Hasn't Been As Good As 'Invincible' Ajax Form
Matthijs de Ligt has admitted that his form for Juventus hasn't been as good as it was for Ajax, saying he felt invincible for the Eredivisie side.
Last year De Ligt became one of the hottest properties for his form during Ajax's run to the Champions League semi final. After initially looking like a move to Barcelona was a certainty he moved to Juve for €75 million.
The start to his season with the Old Lady hasn't been brilliant as he's made high profile mistakes against Napoli and Inter and speaking to Fox Sports he admitted things aren't quite as they should be so far, saying, "At Ajax, I felt invincible, today it's different.
"But I think it's normal because everything is new for me. I'm progressing and I'm not worried."
On top of his mistakes for his club side De Ligt was also at fault as Netherlands conceded against Northern Ireland last week, making two errors in the space of 10 seconds, but he has yet to really cost his team.
Napoli recovered from 3-0 down to draw level at 3-3 only for Kalidou Koulibaly to score a late own goal, Inter levelled at 1-1 thanks to De Ligt's handball and Netherlands came from 1-0 down to win 3-1 in last week's Euro 20202 qualifier, meaning his sides have gone on to win the games the young centre back has made mistakes in.
The 20-year-old did say that getting so much playing time would help him overcome the problems he's suffering, adding, "I don't know myself why I'm not playing as well as I'd like. All I can do is continue to work, to do my best and to try to learn from my team-mates.
"I play and that's the main thing because, in the end, I'm sure that everything will go well and this season will be positive."
De Ligt has been included in the final 20 man list for the Golden Boy award, the award for the best under 21 player in the world, and he is the defending champion.
There are three Englishmen in the list with Mason Mount, Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden joining the likes of Ansu Fati, Matteo Guendouzi, Erling Haaland, Joao Felix, Moise Kean and Vinicius Jr.
For now though the Dutchman's biggest focus will be on getting better and better for Maurizio Sarri's side and cutting out the mistakes that have dogged the beginning of the season.