Matthijs de Ligt, during a match


De Ligt, from bad to worse: he is already a substitute for Juventus

Published:23/12/2019 - 10:16h

Updated:23/12/2019 - 10:16h

Matthijs de Ligt is not leaving good feelings in the Juventus of Turin and Maurizio Sarri seems to have lost confidence in him. In the Italian Super Cup, he was a substitute

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Matthijs Of Ligt arrived to the Juventus of Turín the past summer like a stellar signing to reinforce the defence. Nevertheless, during his first months like bianconero, the central youngster Dutch is not leaving good feelings until the point to having lost the place to title in spite of the injury of long length of Giorgio Chiellini, theoretical title at the side of Leonardo Bonucci.

This weekend, contested the final of the Supercopa of Italy that confronted to the Vecchia Signora against the Lazio. The picture of the Italian capital proclaimed victorious (1-3) in a party in which, by third consecutive time, Of Ligt remained in the bench, being the Turkish central youngster Merih Demiral -that seems to have him eaten the toast to the ex 'ajacied- the couple of Bonucci.

In spite of treating of a footballer of hardly 20 years, Of Ligt is the most expensive defence of the history and his total cost can reach almost the 90 million euros in variables. His tremendo performance in the Ajax did that it expected a lot of him, but his numerous defensive errors have done that Sarri have preferred to bet, the day in which the Juventus played a title, by Demiral, that is 21 years old and arrived pertinent of the Sassuolo in summer.

For Of Ligt, the process of adaptation is not being at all simple. It came pertinent of the Ajax, a team that plays with the very advanced defence and of the Eredivisie, a very distinct championship to the Series To like that of game of the rivals. Besides, the system of the Juventus also is very distinct to what the ex captain 'ajacied' was accustomed in Holland.

It is necessary to take into account that Of Ligt was the big aim of the FC Barcelona to reinforce the defence the past summer. The Barcelona club presented a similar economic proposal to the one of Frenkie of Jong​ and offered 75 million euros to the Ajax, but finally the defence 'orange' preferred to accept the agreement multimillionaire of the Juventus. What had occurred if there was fichado by the Barça?

The adaptation to the Barça, easier for De Ligt

By style of game, the adaptation of Of Ligt had been much simpler if there was fichado by the FC Barcelona. The Barcelona have a similar system to the of the Ajax, based in the possession and in playing with a saga advanced that it had improved the virtues of the Dutch defence, that already is accustomed to play of said form. It is true that had had the competition of Hammered, Umtiti or Lenglet, but the change had been less drastic for him.

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