Sunday November 22 2020
De Ligt: ‘Pirlo more modern than Sarri’

Matthijs de Ligt has said Andrea Pirlo’s playing style is ‘more modern’ than Maurizio Sarri’s and reveals what Juventus have changed this season.

De Ligt made his seasonal debut in the Old Lady’s 2-0 win against Cagliari on Saturday after a shoulder surgery he sustained in August.

"They were hard months, I worked so hard to come back and play. Today I am very happy, for the whole team,” De Ligt told Sky Sport.

“It was a tough period but suffering can be positive sometimes. I played some games with a dislocated shoulder but I am happy we won the league last season.

“We have a different mentality. Last year we wanted to press high but with Pirlo we play a more modern football. We defend one against one leaving a lot of space behind us. I like it, I used to do the same at Ajax.

“We have room for improvement,” the Dutchman continued.

“Soon we’ll reach 100%, now we are at the 70% of our potential. There are many strong teams this season, the league is harder nut also more stimulating.

“We have many opponents: Milan, Inter, Lazio, Atalanta and Napoli . It’s a tough championship but we are only focused on ourselves, we have a very competitive team to win the title.”