Wednesday November 13 2019
De Ligt 'happy' with Juve progress

A defiant Matthijs de Ligt tells his Juventus critics, "I had a very good game against Milan and scored the winner against Torino."

De Ligt is currently on international duty with Netherlands, and he spoke to NOS Voetbal about his start to life in Serie A.

The defender was at fault for some early goals against Juve in the opening weeks of the season, including several incidents where the ball hit him on the arm, but he feels he has turned a corner.

"[The criticism] was only for a moment. I had a very good game against Milan and scored the winner against Torino in the derby. It was a beautiful moment. I am happy."

The 20-year-old is challenging for the Scudetto with Inter rival Stefan de Vrij, both of whom are teammates for the national side.

"It's a great fight for the title with Inter. But I see De Vrij as more of a friend.

"If he plays against me, he gives it to me and vice versa. I'm often with him as Milan is only an hour in the car from Turin. I really like having someone nearby to speak Dutch with."

The Oranje conclude their qualifying campaign for Euro 2020 with matches against Northern Ireland and Estonia.

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