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Bayern Munich’s Matthijs de Ligt knows Galatasaray will be a stern challenge

Bayern Munich and Galatasaray square off in the Champions League.

Before Champions League - Press Conference FC Bayern Munich Photo by Peter Kneffel/picture alliance via Getty Images

Bayern Munich center-back Matthijs de Ligt is back in the starting XI and the Dutchman knows that his club will face a stiff Champions League test from Galatasaray on Tuesday.

“Galatasaray always play with the whole stadium behind them, which is always difficult for the opponent. They have a lot of experience, many good players who have played in the top leagues. I expect a very difficult game tomorrow,” said De Ligt (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

As for who De Ligt might have to contend with in front of the net. Galatasaray striker Mauro Icardi’s status is in doubt for that match.

“I haven’t heard anything about that yet. Of course we always look at what qualities our opponents have. But Galatasaray is not just Icardi, there are plenty of other good players, too,” said De Ligt.

De Ligt also touched on his injury-riddled start to the season. When he was not banged up, De Ligt also did not — allegedly — have the full confidence of manager Thomas Tuchel, but now, De Ligt and Kim Min-jae are the only two, true center-backs, who are healthy on the roster.’s YOLO time for Tuchel.

“As a footballer, you always want to play. My start to the season wasn’t easy, I was coming off an injury. I’m fit again and hopefully I can help the team,” said De Ligt. “I feel good, I played 90 minutes in the last game, which is good. I’m not completely pain-free yet, but I think that’s normal. As a professional footballer you always have a bit of pain, you have to endure it. We need everyone right now.”

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