De Ligt: “Everything was different, I always felt less confidence from that national coach”

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De Ligt: “Everything was different, I always felt less confidence from that national coach”

Matthijs de Ligt seems to feel more comfortable under Ronald Koeman than Louis van Gaal. The 23-year-old defender feels the confidence of the current national coach of Orange and is happy with the return to 4-3-3.

“That is the system in which I grew up and in which I played at Ajax. And at Bayern Munich we sometimes play with three and sometimes with four defenders. I can handle both systems well, but I think 1-4- 3-3 suits me best,” says De Ligt in De Telegraaf .

After the opening game with Senegal at the World Cup, De Ligt admitted that JurriĆ«n Timber was perhaps more suitable for the 3-4-1-2 system that the Dutch national team used under Van Gaal. He promptly landed on the couch. “In hindsight that was an expensive comment,” says the forty-time international. “But regret? I would do it differently now, I think. It was in the heat of the moment and straight from the heart, but it was mainly because I was mentally in a different place than I am now.”

“It was a different trainer with a different style of play,” De Ligt explains. “Everything was just a little different, because from that national coach (Van Gaal, ed.) I have always felt a little less confidence.” Bayern’s mandekker had to miss the game against France due to stomach flu. He will be back against Gibraltar on Monday evening.

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