Matthijs De Ligt puts the shoe at struggling Juventus by claiming there is ‘less ambition’ to win the Champions League at his former club than at Bayern Munich… as he insists joining German giants is a step forward was in ‘squad quality’
- Matthijs De Ligt played 117 games for Juventus in three seasons
- The Dutchman joined Bayern Munich in a £68m move over the summer period
- The 23-year-old insists joining the German champions was a step forward for him
- De Ligt has international service in the run-up to the Nations League matches in the Netherlands
Matthijs De Ligt has stabbed former club Juventus by taking a swipe at what he believes is a lack of ambition to win the Champions League at the club.
The 23-year-old made 117 appearances for the Serie A giants in three seasons before sealing a £68 million transfer to Bayern Munich in the summer transfer window.
His former club struggled after his departure, winning just two of their seven Serie A games this season and suffering a grueling 1-0 defeat to newcomer Monza over the weekend.
Matthijs De Light insists there is more ambition to win the Champions League with current club Bayern Munich than with former employers Juventus
The Serie A giants have won just two of their seven league games so far this season
And in a interview with Dutch outlet NOSDe Ligt insisted he had taken a ‘step forward’ by joining the German giants and said the ambition to win the ultimate prize in European football is greater at the Allianz Arena than at the Allianz Stadium.
“I think I’ve made a step forward in terms of team quality,” he said.
“Juventus is a great team with great players and I had a fantastic time there, but Bayern Munich have the ambition to win the Champions League and I felt that that ambition was less present at Juventus.
‘I had a great time, I really enjoyed it. But I thought it was time for a new challenge.’
Bayern Munich won the 2020 Champions League, while Juventus haven’t won it since 1996
Bayern Munich’s most recent Champions League success came in the behind closed doors final in 2020, when they beat Paris Saint-Germain 1-0 thanks to Kingsley Coman’s goal.
Juventus, meanwhile, has not tasted Champions League success since 1995-96 after beating Ajax in the final.
De Ligt – who signed a long-term contract with the German champions until 2027 – also revealed Bayern were interested in signing him while he was still with the Dutch champions in 2019, with the club opting instead for Frenchman Lucas Hernandez.
“It didn’t happen then, I think Lucas Hernandez was bought that summer,” he added. ‘I have always found it a very nice club.’
De Ligt revealed Bayern were interested in signing him in 2019 before switching to Lucas Hernandez (above)
However, Bayern have also struggled this season, with their 1-0 defeat to Augsburg over the weekend extending their scoreless Bundesliga run to four games.
De Ligt is currently on international duty with the Netherlands for their Nations League matches against Poland and Belgium, representing their final matches before the World Cup.
The Dutch top Nations League Group 4 with 10 points from four matches, while Senegal, Ecuador and host country Qatar form Group A in their World Cup group.