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Matthijs De Ligt 'Didn't Expect' To Be Benched In Juventus' First Game

Matthijs De Ligt 'Didn't Expect' To Be Benched In Juventus' First Game

Matthijs de Ligt 'didn't expect' to be on the bench for Juventus' opening Serie A game of the season against Parma last night.

Juventus ended up winning the game 1-0 thanks to a Giorgio Chiellini strike but a big talking point was the strength of their bench.

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Young Dutch defender de Ligt was one of those names on the sidelines.


De Ligt on the bench against Parma alongside Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi (Image Credit: PA)
De Ligt on the bench against Parma alongside Paulo Dybala and Federico Bernardeschi (Image Credit: PA)

Following the game, he discussed his omission from the starting line up.

Per Football Italia, the former Ajax captain explained:

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"Naturally, I would've preferred to play and I didn't get any clues from training, so I didn't expect to be on the bench," de Ligt told reporters.

"Obviously, I respect the decision of the Coach. I must be realistic, as I am still settling in here in Italy.

"The defenders who played, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini, were considered for a long time to be the best centre-back partnership in the world.



The Dutch international also explained some of methods new coach Maurizio Sarri wants to use with his Juve defence.

"I have to earn my place throughout the season.

"The first five weeks have been tough on a physical level, but I do notice that I'm getting stronger.



"Defensively, the demands are not that different to what I was accustomed to at Ajax, as the Coach wants us to anticipate the movement."

The centre-back has also said he is taking regular Italian lessons to learn the language.

De Ligt will be hoping to get on the pitch for Juve sooner rather than later following his £67.5 million transfer from Ajax in the summer.

Elsewhere in the game, Cristiano Ronaldo was denied his first goal of the season due to VAR.


Image Credit: PA
Image Credit: PA

Ronaldo thought he had opened his account for the season when he smashed a powerful low shot past Luigi Sepe in the 33rd minute.

The Juventus superstar was swamped by his teammates as he celebrated his goal.

But then VAR was called into action and ruled that the 34 year-old had received the ball in an offside position.

Juventus look likely to win Serie A again this season.

But their fans will be hoping they can see de Ligt feature as the season progresses.

Topics: Parma, Matthijs de Ligt, Maurizio Sarri, Cristiano, Serie A, Ronaldo, De Ligt, Juventus, Cristiano Ronaldo

Dan Marland

Dan is a freelance writer for SPORTbible and has previously featured on Manchester United's official website. He once locked eyes with Jose Mourinho and lived to tell the tale. He also held a door open for Nicky Butt at Carrington. He said thank you.

 

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