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Juventus defender Matthijs De Ligt says he didn’t expect to be benched in the first Serie A match for Juventus against Parma.
Netherlands international, who has been bought by Bianconeri this summer from Ajax Amsterdam, was benched by Maurizio Sarri assistant Giovanni Martusciello, as Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonnuci were preferred for the starting lineup.
“Of course, I would prefer to play,” De Ligt said after the match, which was won due to Chiellini’s goal in the first half.
“I respect the decision of coaches. I am realistic. The duo that played today (Chiellini and Bonucci) has been considered one of the bests in the world for a long time. I have to fight for the place in the starting lineup” Dutchman added.