This season has not gotten off to a great start for Bayern Munich star center-back Matthijs de Ligt.
However, the shakey beginning to the 2023/24 campaign has had little to do with his actual on-field performance. Some nagging injuries and a spot in Thomas Tuchel’s doghouse (one does not need a reason to end up there, it just sort of happens), have De Ligt scrambling to re-establish himself at Bayern Munich.
Against Mainz, De Ligt took his first step toward moving in that direction.
“90 minutes in such a game were good. It wasn’t an easy game. I’m coming back from an injury and I didn’t play much before that. If I had more rhythm, I wouldn’t get a yellow card, but I would get to the ball. I was a millimeter too late. But I’m sure that I can now get into a very good rhythm through playing games,” De Ligt told kicker (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
De Ligt referenced a very controversial play where he could have — on another day — been given a red card. On Saturday, however, it was just a yellow for a late challenge. Regardless, De Ligt is looking forward to developing a partnership with fellow defender Kim Min-jae.
“We played well. I think we have a lot of quality, we fit well together. The more we play together, the better things will be,” De Ligt said.
Looking for more analysis on Bayern Munich’s big 3-1 victory over Mainz 05 in the Bundesliga? Check out our Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Podcast on Spotify or below: