De Ligt: I have improved a lot, and Pirlo is an example

Juventus defender Matthjis De Ligt spoke to Sky Sports microphones, here’s what he had to say:

“There is a lot of competition for the Scudetto this year, and this is better for us and for the fans.”

“There we are, who traditionally always start as favorites, but there are also Inter, Milan , Roma and Atalanta: we are all in the running.”

“We lost a lot of points at the beginning of the season against the so-called small teams.”

“I think it depends on the difficulty of immediately learning a new style of play, but I see that throughout Europe there are great teams that are having difficulties.”

“Then, we are human beings and we can’t always be at 100%, but we are working as best we can.”

Personal progress?

“I’m fine physically: I’m stronger and faster.”

“I learned a lot tactically too. Before I was used to defend man against man, now we use zonal defending, so that was good to learn, and I definitely have improved.”

“Now I know all the players and everything is easier. I always want to improve and achieve my maximum potential.”

Defensive teammates

Bonucci is very strong and has vision of the game, he’s very good with the ball.”

“For me playing with him is very important, I have to learn that from him.”

Chiellini is crazy, I had never seen anyone like him.”

“He has a magnet on his head, he is always in the right position to get the ball: for me it is incredible.”

To be like Ronaldo?

“I’m happy to be Matthijs and I want to grow like Matthijs, but surely being able to learn and grow every day close to the best player of all time makes me really happy!”

Pirlo?

“Under the age of 14 in Ajax I played in midfield and I had two role models: Busquets and Pirlo.”

“I saw many videos of Pirlo and I liked him a lot as a player. For me he was a great example.”

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