Since 15 December 2019 Juventus has not played Matthijs de Ligt as a starter. Coach Maurizio Sarri has denied accusations that he said he wanted to set aside the Dutch defender.
After defeating 1-3 in the hands of Lazio, December 8, 2019, then, Juventus have played four matches with a composition of the starter (line up) without De Ligt. During that period, De Ligt only appeared once, and that too as a substitute player.
De Ligt’s dismissal from the Juventus defense reaped speculation, one of which mentioned that Sarri did not like the 20-year-old defender. However, Sarri denied the accusation and argued that De Ligt needed to adapt more.
‘Difficult times (for De Ligt, red ) play every three days, a new country, a new language, a new competition,’ Sarri said, hinting that De Ligt still needs a lot of time to adapt to Juventus.
Sarri further claimed to be confident in De Ligt’s abilities. One day, said Sarri, the former Ajax defender will transform into the most formidable defender in the world.
‘I was the first person to believe that he (De Ligt, red ) would be the best defender in the world,’ Sarri said.
Statistics of Matthijs De Ligt
|UEFA Nations League A||6||570||1.7||1.3||0.8||0.7||1.3||7.05|
|The Champions League||4||360||1.3||0.5||0.8||0.3||1||6.99|
|Serie A (Juventus)||12 (1)||1094||1.1||0.8||1.2||0.5||0.8||6.66|
|Dutch League (Ajax)||3 (1)||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||–|
|Friendlies Club||1 (1)||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||N / A||–|
|Total / Average||37||2024||1.3||0.9||1||0.5||1||6.82|