Bayern Munich star purchase Matthijs de Ligt has revealed that FCB team-mate Leroy Sane caused him the biggest problems as an opponent on the pitch.
“Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are of course world class, but the opponent who has caused me the most problems so far was Leroy Sané in our international match against the German national team,” said de Ligt in an interview with the table football. “I had to defend him one-on-one all over the pitch and he was just everywhere. I was busy. I told him that here.”
In addition, the Dutchman expects greater resistance from Borussia Dortmund in the championship race of the new Bundesliga season. “Even if they lost a top striker in Erling Haaland, the team is probably better now than last season,” said the 22-year-old. “I’m looking forward to the championship fight. It can only be good for the league if there’s an exciting title race.”
For FC Bayern, who will play the opening game at Eintracht Frankfurt on Friday (8.30 p.m./Sat.1 and DAZN), it is “great if we have competitors who are close to us. Competition drives you on, encourages them Motivation and performance,” added the new defense chief. The national player switched from Juventus Turin to the German record champions for 67 million euros this summer.
The great expectations do not burden the central defender. “When you play for top clubs like Bayern Munich, you’re always under pressure. Whether you come on a free transfer or not, that remains the same,” said de Ligt: “It definitely doesn’t matter to me because I always love myself so much Demand that that’s pressure enough.”
He thinks he’s in the right place in coach Julian Nagelsmann’s team. “They wanted exactly this player that I want to be. I want to help the team, defend high, build the game – similar to what I did at Ajax,” said de Ligt: “And beyond that, everyone, no matter who I am with said Bayern are a great club.”