Former Juventus boss Fabio Capello is confident Matthijs de Ligt will bounce back from a shaky start and rediscover his best form in Turin over time.
Juventus got one of the biggest prizes of the summer transfer window by beating the likes of Barcelona and Manchester United to De Ligt’s signature.
However, the Bianconeri’s new €75m signing has struggled to find his feet over in Italy. After missing the club’s Serie A opener at Parma, he then had a poor debut against Napoli before failing to impress again at Fiorentina.
Although De Ligt did show signs of improvement during Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Atletico Madrid. He made a team-best of nine clearances in the Champions League match, and showed flashes of his old self.
“He is young and should be given time to find confidence in a new environment and with new companions,” Capello told Tuttosport.
“His qualities are not up for debate. He is a great defender.”
The Italian, who retired from coaching last year, was also encouraged by Juventus’ performance in Madrid despite blowing a two-goal lead.
“I saw a great personality demonstrated on a very difficult field such as the Wanda Metropolitano,” he said.
“The Bianconeri suffered. Their players gave everything. It was a different Juventus to the one in Florence – they faced Atletico without fear.
“Juventus, even after the mockery of the comeback they suffered, did not settle for an away draw in the last minutes and sought the goal to make it 3-2.
“I am convinced that if Juve face every game with the personality of this game against Atletico Madrid, they can get to the final.”
De Ligt will likely start once again in place of the injured Giorgio Chiellini for this evening’s clash between Juventus and Verona.
The Serie A match in Turin starts at 18:00 (CET).