De Ligt learns from Bonucci and Chiellini

Wed 24 February 2021 | 20:02

Matthijs de Ligt admits he has learned a great deal from Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini after sharing training sessions with the best defenders in the world.

The former


defender talked about how he has grown as a defender at


in an interview with Sky Sport Italia.

“Bonucci is such a strong defender, he has this great vision and is very good on the ball. He can make both long and short passes accurately, and that is important for me, because I know that I have a lot to learn in that respect.

“Chiellini’s man-marking in the box is incredible, I’ve never seen anyone like him. I often tell him it looks like he has a magnet in his head, he’s always in the right position. He really is incredible.

“I think that I am in good shape physically, I feel stronger and quicker, while I also learned a huge amount tactically since coming to Italy. At Ajax, we did a lot of man-marking, whereas in Serie A it’s more zonal. Having experience of both systems therefore makes me a better player.”

source: SportMob
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