When Matthijs de Ligt made his Bayern Munich debut against DC United, he had to come out less than thirty minutes later for unknown reasons. Most assumed that the sweltering heat and delayed flights were factors in the Dutchman’s abrupt withdrawal from the match. However, Julian Nagelsmann revealed that de Ligt had come to Munich with a severe fitness deficit from his former club.
Bear Bild, this is what the coach had to say about the MDL issue and his training problems:
I spoke to him after the training session and he said the training session was the hardest in the last four years. At the same time, it was difficult, but not that difficult. Ordinary Dr. Berwish. He didn’t play that many minutes last season, and I heard it’s not easy to stay fit in Italy. We have to train hard with him…
of. Seriously, what were they doing in Turin? Juventus are generally known for conducting intense training sessions, at least under the leadership of Max Allegri. Maybe everything is relative, and Bayern Munich sessions are more intense.
The good news is, if the training elements are correct, we haven’t seen Matthijs de Ligt at peak fitness throughout his time at Juventus. The bad news is that it could take a lot of work (and time) for the coaching staff to help him speed up the next season. Given that the Super Cup against RB Leipzig will take place in a week’s time, Nagelsmann might be sweating a bit now.