Matthijs De Ligt talked about his mixed start in Italy in an interview with Dutch site Nu.nl: “The most important lesson I have learned so far at Juventus is that you need to have confidence in yourself. At the beginning, I was very worried about not making mistakes, but obviously you should never do that. I had never played before with that in my mind. My focus centred too much around that in the first few weeks. I took stock after the Atletico Madrid match, I wanted to resume performing with confidence. Something can always go wrong, but I am sure things will improve and I have started getting better from that day on.”
“There will always be some criticism, it is part of a defenders’ life. You are always walking such a fine line between what is right and what it wrong. It would have obviously preferred not to cause a penalty in the Inter clash, but we prevailed in the end and that is what matters. I am different now compared to our first international fixture. I believed I played a good game there, but apparently it was not good enough, but those are just opinions. It is up to me to be aware of what I have done correctly and where I erred.”
On the rumoured diet: “That is a crazy story, but I am no longer surprised, even though sometimes I ask myself why some rumours come out.”
On the initial plans by the club: “Every newcomer needs to time to settle in, Juventus had two great defenders such as Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, so the idea was to allow me to adapt serenely, but then things went in a different direction when Chiellini got hurt. It is obviously a good thing that I am playing, but in this way, you are immediately involved in the project. It is a nice challenge to me.”
Right between the celebrations for Saturday’s win, Douglas Costa announced on Instagram that he has recovered from his injury and will be back after the break. Barring some new hiccups, Danilo and Mattia De Sciglio will resume practicing fully as well, while Aaron Ramsey has yet to be fully evaluated after picking up a muscular problem while warming up against Inter. He has traveled to Wales to respond to the call-up by his national team.
News agency Ansa informed that the Derby d’Italia was the most watched game in the history of Sky with a 3.2M average of viewers, plus 500k through the web apps, and it recorded a new Serie A record in ticket sales with €6.6M in a jampacked San Siro.
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