Matthijs de Ligt was very upset by his dramatic debut with the Dutch national team against Bulgaria in 2017. The defender was only seventeen years old at the time and made two obvious mistakes in the first half. De Ligt tells in the Isola di Beau program of RTL that he received a lot of support from his trainer Peter Bosz at the time.
De Ligt was allowed to make his basic debut against Bulgaria under national coach Danny Blind. But what was supposed to be a magical match turned out to be a disappointment for De Ligt. The defender therefore remained behind in the dressing room after the break. “I’ve been devastated for a while,” says the current Bayern Munich player.
De Ligt about conversation with Bosz
“The moment it turned: I came back to Ajax, then Peter Bosz called me and he then had a very important conversation for my career and also for that moment,” De Ligt continues. For example, Bosz indicated that he still has a lot of confidence in the defender. ‘He said to me: listen Matthijs, I think you’re fantastic, you’re doing a great job, you’re a great player. You’ve had a debut that’s annoying, but know that I have complete confidence in you. I’m not going to line you up for the next two games, then you already know that.’
However, this was not because the former Ajax player was not in good shape. ‘But just to create some peace around you as a person. You are doing great and you are developing fantastically and then we will start building again.’ This did a lot for De Ligt. It gave him the will to continue. “That has given me so much confidence and energy to be the Matthijs from before the Dutch national team again,” said De Ligt.
Isola di Beau can be seen every Sunday at 8 p.m. on RTL 4 from November 20. The full episode with De Ligt will be broadcast next Sunday.