Matthijs De Ligt 'mentally in a much better place' now at Juventus

‘Mentally I’m in a much better place’: Matthijs De Ligt says he feels more settled at Juventus after struggling for top form following his summer move from Ajax

  • Matthijs de Ligt has improved physically and mentally since joining Juventus
  • He made the £68million move from Ajax last year, but had a mixed start
  • He has now helped Juventus keep 13 clean sheets with improved performances  

Matthijs de Ligt says he is feeling better physically and mentally now compared to when he arrived at Juventus for £68million from Ajax last summer.

The young Dutch sensation was expected to be an elite signing for the Italian champions, however had a mixed start to life in Turin.  

‘I feel much better physically, but mentally I’m in a much better place and this is crucial for things to go well,’ he said, speaking to Sky Sport Italia.

Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt says he is now feeling better physically and mentally 

De Ligt had a mixed start to life at Juventus after his £68million move, but is doing better now

Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri had planned to ease de Ligt in over time, but after Giorgio Chiellini suffered a bad knee injury in August he was thrown into the deep end, starting out with an error-strewn debut against Napoli. 

De Ligt has also spent some time on the bench this season after losing his place to Merih Demiral for a month. 

However, with his niggling shoulder and groin injuries clearing up, leading to improvements on the pitch, de Ligt is starting to look more like the dominant defender he was at Ajax. 

He has played 90 minutes in every league game since the restart, and has made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, with 13 clean sheets under his belt.

So far this season, de Ligt has made 32 appearances for Juventus, helping keep 13 clean sheets

Now he has settled in to life in Italy, he has also been better preparing for the wealth of talent the league has to offer. 

‘Here in Serie A, there are many different and prepared strikers,’ said de Ligt. ‘There’s Romelu Lukaku, for example, who’s very strong and quick but also Ciro Immobile, who’s instead very good with his back to goal.

‘Every team have great forwards, different from one another, and every match is very difficult. The bar is very high.

‘I try to study them thoroughly before each game in order to be prepared for any outcome.’

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