Bayern Munich center back Mathias De Ligt. Considered one of the best center backs in the world today.
A reliable Dutch youth product of Ajax. He made his debut for Ajax at the age of 17, became the youngest Dutch international at the age of 18, and became the youngest Ajax captain.
De Ligt was a key figure in Ajax’s UEFA Champions League (UCL) fourth-place finish in the 2018-19 season and moved to Italian giants Juventus in 2019.
In 2022, Bayern Munich snapped him up for €77 million ($115.25 billion). At the time, it was the second highest transfer fee in the club’s history, as Bayern Munich is not known for spending big on transfers.
Upon arriving at Bayern Munich, De Ligt immediately took center stage as the team’s “No. 1” center back. He was a consistent starter last season, making 31 league appearances and 43 total appearances, including seven in the UCL.
The arrival of Kim Min-jae to Bayern Munich ahead of this season changed the pecking order at center back for the Bavarians. De Ligt was pushed aside and Kim Minjae became the number one. Many expected a battle for De Ligt’s spot as his partner, given his dominance before the season.
It didn’t. Kim was the unchallenged starter, and Dayo Upamecano was his partner. In the third round of the German Bundesliga, the Kim-Minjae-Upamecano combination started all three games. De Ligt has been thoroughly pushed out of the starting lineup 메이저놀이터.
The mystery of why this unexpected phenomenon occurred has been solved. It was the will of head coach Thomas Tuchel. Tuchel was “very frustrated” with De Ligt. He criticized her playing style. So he pushed De Lichte to the back of the lineup.
This was reported by Germany’s TZ.
“Tuchel is no longer a fan of De Ligt. He is frustrated with De Lichte. Tuchel believes the team is guilty of slow build-ups and too many side passes. Tuchel has pointed out the problems with this style of play directly to De Ligt. De Ligt is the reason for the third choice,” the report said.
“Tuchel also criticized De Ligt for missing rhythm, form and confidence,” the outlet continued. When De Ligt was leaning on his honor, Kim Min-jae outpaced him, and so did Upapekano.”
There’s a definite difference in tone with his comments about Kim.
In the past, Tuchel has said of Kim: “He can be a real leader. He has what it takes to be a very dominant player at Bayern Munich. I love him. I love him very much. He is very fast and defends bravely. He is completely aware of what can help the team. He is also very sincere, kind, humble, and focused. He makes a very good impression.”