Virgil van Dijk backed Netherlands team-mate Matthijs de Ligt to be unaffected by a shaky Serie A debut for Juventus. Former Ajax defender De Ligt received criticism for his performance in Juve’s dramatic 4-3 victory over Napoli on Saturday.
The 20-year-old aboard designer Bonucci because of Giorgio Chiellini’s anterior symmetric ligament injury, however, struggled to address Napoli’s rampant attack within the half and was partly at fault for all three goals Juve conceded.
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Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has defended the €75million center-back, however, and Liverpool star Van Dijk echoed those sentiments. “Everybody that is aware of him conjointly is aware of that he continually stays calm in these styles of things. “Of course, I spoke to him. But we don’t need to tell each other a lot.
I think it’s also something you only talk about when you see each other for the first time again. “After that, the focus is on the future and the match in front of us as a pairing. So that’s what we did.”
De Ligt’s former club-mate Frenkie de Jong also switched to a European heavyweight in the offseason by joining LaLiga champions Barcelona, though the midfielder has been used in a slightly different role to the one he vie for Ajax and generally occupies for Kingdom of The Netherlands. “No, not at all.
Those guys are amazing, they know that and we do too,” Van Dijk said when asked if extra work was required to accommodate the duo in Netherlands’ system. “I think they will show why they are so important to us once again.”
Koeman, meanwhile, refuted the suggestion Holland are feeling further pressure following their 3-2 home defeat to Germany in March. “There’s always pressure on us. Especially now against Germany,” Koeman said.
“From the surface, it may seem as though we have some pressure on our shoulders, because of our most recent meeting. “We still have some spare games. I believe we will take an enormous leap with a decent result against Germany tomorrow. If not, reaching the Euros ought to still be our main target, of course.”