Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt spoke about his manager Massimiliano Allegri, his two role models at the club Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini and the striker he would most like to face at the moment.
Massimiliano Allegri came on to replace the sacked Andrea Pirlo, but the Italian’s return was met by a difficult start for Juventus in Serie A with a four-game winless streak before now taking four wins from five in all competitions.
After all that 54 year old tactician is no stranger to Bianconeri, with the former Milan boss helping them win five consecutive Scudettos as well as reaching the Champions League final twice.
Now Matthijs de Ligt admits he is delighted with Massimiliano Allegri’s return to Juventus, speaking to DAZN ahead of the Derby della Mole, “I am happy he is my coach, for me it is important to improve. Tactically, he helped me a lot. He has the idea of playing 90 minutes, with the right mentality. Winning is the most important. That’s the mentality he has.”
The 22-year-old Netherlands international defender also spoke about the veteran Italian defender duo Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini who he has looked up to during his time in Turin.
He added, “I talk to them a lot, they are great references. They have won a lot with Juventus and the Italian national team. They told me it was important to have physical strength, that I was good on the ball but I had to stay focused and calm.”
When asked which striker he would like to play against at the moment, Matthijs de Ligt then immediately pointed to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who he said has great goal instinct.
He continued, “Lewandowski. He may not always play well, but he has a good instinct to score goals.”