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De Ligt: ‘I believe in myself’

October 8, 2019

Matthijs de Ligt says the most important lesson he’s learned in his time at Juventus so far is to trust and “believe in myself.”

The 20-year-old centre-back has had a rocky start to his Juve career and while he has put in some excellent performances, he was at fault for Inter’s goal at the weekend.

“The most important lesson I’ve learned at Juve to date is that I have to believe in myself,” he told NU.nl.

“Initially I was focused above all on not making mistakes, something I absolutely shouldn’t do. In my first few weeks I was thinking about it too much.

“After the match against Atletico, I tried to recover and get back on to the field with confidence.

“Something can always go wrong, but I’m sure things will get better. Since then, my performances have improved.

“The penalty? It’s part of the game. Unfortunately that’s the life of a defender. Obviously I didn’t want to give away a penalty, but in the end we won and that’s what matters.

“I understand it when Sarri says he wants to see more from me. Every player who joins a team should be afforded time to settle in.

“Juventus already had two wonderful defenders in Chiellini and Bonucci. The idea was to insert myself gradually.

“Instead I was sent to the field right away, and for me it’s a great challenge

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