Juventus started their Serie A season with a 1-0 win against Parma this Saturday. Matthijs de Ligt stayed on the bench for 90 minutes.

“Of course I wanted to play. I didn’t see this coming, but I respect the trainers choices”, he tells Algemeen Dagblad.

De Ligt has some serious rivals for the centreback positions, with Chiellini en Bonucci. So De Ligt thinks he needs to be realistic: “I’m still in a habituation phase here in Italy.”