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Report: Juve great Lippi defends De Ligt

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Former legendary Juventus manager Marcelo Lippi has jumped to the defence of Matthijs De Ligt.

De Ligt has been under the sport light since his big-money move from Ajax to Juventus.

At 20 years of age, there have been questions asked of him fulfilling his potential in Turin.

He was left out of the Juventus starting 11 at the start of the season. If the truth is known, if it was not for a serious injury to Chiellini, he would probably still be on the bench.

He was promoted to the starting eleven after Chiellini was ruled out for up to six months with a knee injury.

Things have not quite gone to plan though. His form has been a far cry from the sensational appearances he put in at Ajax.

The Bianconeri paid 75 million Euros for the Dutchman this summer and many have described his season as slow going so far.

There has even been the talk of a difficulty adjusting to life in Turin after the player himself said the change was harder than he thought it would be.

In an interview reported by Calciomercato, Lippi jumps to the youngster’s defence.

He said:

“It is nothing new to see someone having a poor start to their career.”

“Even other great players in the past have made less exciting start to their careers at a new club. Remember Zidane?”

The former manager believes that Italy is not the easiest place to come to. Plus that the rush to get him involved after Chiellini’s injury has not helped.

He added:

“Coming to Italy, even if you are really good and play in a time like Juventus can be challenging at times.”

“To be honest, he was rushed in the playing eleven due to Chiellini’s injury but there should be no doubt about his talent.”

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FLORENCE, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 14: Matthijs De Ligt of Juventus FC in action during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Juventus at Stadio Artemio Franchi on September 14, 2019 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)