De Ligt: ‘I get angry at wrong Juventus mentality’

epa09568611 Juventus' Matthijs de Ligt (R) and Fiorentina's Dusan Vlahovic (L) in action during the Italian Serie A soccer match between Juventus FC and ACF Fiorentina in Turin, Italy, 06 November 2021. EPA-EFE/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO

Matthijs de Ligt was impressed with the ‘maturity’ of Juventus in their victory away to Bologna and discussed his leadership style. ‘I always want to win and sometimes get angry when there is the wrong mentality.’

The centre-back was a rock at the Stadio Dall’Ara, keeping a clean sheet and making decisive blocks, while Alvaro Morata and Juan Cuadrado got the goals.

“We played with a lot of maturity, although we can improve a great deal in the way we build out from the back,” De Ligt told DAZN.

“We played well, Bologna didn’t have many clear-cut chances, but we must improve our attacking approach.”

The former Ajax defender was seen shouting angrily at teammates after he had to make a crucial interception in the box.

“I always want to win and do everything possible to win. Sometimes I get angry, because I don’t get it when I see players with the wrong mentality. That makes me angry. An error can happen, but the mentality must never waver.”

The Dutch international was asked if he prefers physical battles like the one he had today with Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic.

“I do enjoy those, yes, but also playing against smaller forwards. You have to go in rough on Arnautovic, because he will hurt you if given space.”

Juventus were held 1-1 by Venezia last week, having also struggled against other minnows like Empoli and Verona.

“We need to improve our record in the second half of the season, especially after dropping too many points against the so-called smaller clubs.

“Dropping points against Inter and Milan can happen, but with the smaller sides you must do everything possible to get the win.”

5 Comments on “De Ligt: ‘I get angry at wrong Juventus mentality’”

  1. The former Ajax defender was seen shouting angrily at teammates after he had to make a crucial interception in the box.

    Yes continue like this, both you De Ligt and Bonucci shout at the midfielders and strikers to wake them up,

    great approach – you see it works.

  2. Unfortunately, I can’t see De Ligt staying with Juve at the end of this season as Raiola will make him move in order to fill his own filthy pockets – he doesn’t care about the players’ needs and desires, only his commissions.

  3. I actually think the arrival of De Ligt and Ronaldo was the beginning of this current Juventus‘ decline in both Serie A and Europe. Once touted as the best young defender in Europe in 2018-19, he has failed to develop and grow within Juventus, and I would not be surprised to see him at Chelsea or Man City, although Tottenham or Newcastle United have the money to buy him within the next 6 weeks too.

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