"Total chaos": New signing Matthijs de Ligt sums up his start at Bayern
Created: 08/15/2022, 06:01
By: Antonio Jose Riether
Newcomer Matthijs de Ligt recently spoke about his chaotic arrival at FC Bayern and the training on Säbener Straße that "takes getting used to".
Munich - Without a doubt, Matthijs de Ligt is one of the top transfers of the summer.
FC Bayern paid a good deal of money for the services of the Dutchman, with the Munich team transferring 67 million euros to Juventus Turin.
Despite the high transfer fee, de Ligt only made two short appearances in the two previous season games against RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.
The 23-year-old summed up
his early days in the Bavarian capital, as reported by tz.de, to the newspaper with the highest circulation in his home country,
De Telegraaf .
Matthijs de Ligt's first days at Bayern were "crazy and total chaos"
The conclusion of de Ligt's transfer occurred shortly before FC Bayern's US tour, which is why events rolled over in a very short time.
“The start was crazy and total chaos.
I flew from Turin to Munich, did the medical check-up during the night, took part in the last part of the debriefing the next morning and followed the team to the United States in the afternoon, where I arrived – European time – at four in the morning,” recalled himself the defensive man.
Matthjs de Ligt is still waiting for his first start in a competitive game.
"The next day I had to train in 30 degrees and play a game the same evening.
In hindsight, that was maybe a bit too much,” said de Ligt, referring to his pre-season play at DC United.
"I scored a goal but I was exhausted after ten minutes," he added.
The strains of the journey may have played their part, in any case in the weeks after his arrival he was supported by the head of fitness, Dr.
Holger Broich chased across the pitch, de Ligt is said to have spoken of his "toughest training session in the last four years", as reported by Julian Nagelsmann.
Training at FC Bayern was "a little getting used to" for Matthijs de Ligt
The hard training could stand him in good stead for the long season.
"The preparation was tough and I can see that I've made some progress in terms of fitness," he summarizes his early days.
Every coach has their “own training philosophy” and it also “always takes some getting used to” and demands something new from their body, according to de Ligt.
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In addition to the high-quality training, he also appreciates his new colleagues, saying he was "well received".
He also emphasized that he likes the atmosphere at Bayern Munich, where "people work hard and don't whine".
In the second Bundesliga game against VfL Wolfsburg on Sunday evening, De Ligt will probably have to line up behind his valued colleagues again, Julian Nagelsmann announced that he would not make any changes in his starting eleven.
The newcomer still has enough time to convince his coach.