Matthijs de Ligt looks back with a good feeling on his performance against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday evening in the Champions League. The Dutchman fought back with Juventus in the final phase of a deficit and narrowly won in Turin (2-1).
Lokomotiv took a surprising lead in the first half through Aleksey Miranchuk and seemed to be heading for a win, but in the last twenty minutes Juventus put things in order for their own audience. Paulo Dybala scored twice in a three-minute period and prevented a disgrace.
"It was exciting for a while," said De Ligt after Veronica's game . "Lokomotiv is a team that falls far back and it is difficult to create opportunities. If you also get a goal against you, you know it will be even more exciting."
"You don't just win if you are 1-0 behind in the 72nd minute, but I think we did well. Outside of that goal, Lokomotiv did not shoot at goal and we won, so that is the most important thing. "
Matthijs de Ligt duels with the Portuguese Éder. (Photo: Getty Images)
"Didn't make many mistakes"
De Ligt was as usual in the base at Juventus and played the entire game. The former Ajax player, who received the necessary criticism from the 'Old Lady' in his first months and gets to suffer, is happy with the way he played against Lokomotiv.
"I was solid and did not make many mistakes, so I am satisfied", says the 21-time Oranje-international. "We had more room against Bologna on Saturday and I could pass through the middle a bit more often, but now it was better to just do my job. I think I played well."
In the meantime, De Ligt is not concerned about everything that is said and written about him in the media. For example, he would be too much to be found in the powerhouse at Juventus. "I was more in the powerhouse at Ajax, so that is a myth. Apparently people just throw it into the world. That is allowed, but it is not the truth."
Because of the oppressive victory over Lokomotiv, Juventus leads the group with seven points. The team of coach Maurizio Sarri is closely followed by Atlético Madrid (also seven points, less goal difference), while Lokomotiv (three points) and Bayer Leverkusen ( scoreless) at a greater distance.
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