Nagelsmann hits out at Juventus for De Ligt’s fitness issues

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Mathijs De Ligt has joined Bayern Munich form Juventus following a three year stint with the Italian outfit. He moved to Munich on a five year contract with the Bavarians for a transfer fee of €77million. However, Julian Nagelsmann has admitted the defender is struggling in the pre season training with Bayern. The manager has suggested that his former club are to blame for his fitness problems.

Currently, the Dutchman is on the pre-season tour of the US with the Bavarians. He is having a great pre-season under Nagelsmann so far. De Ligt scored his first goal for Bayern in his debut for the club in the pre-season. However, he also picked up an own goal, and an injury in the match too. Moreover, Nagelsmann preferred to omit him from the starting eleven as his fitness levels were not on par with the standards of Bayern Munich. This was the hardest training session for De Ligt in many years, according to Nagelsmann. According to Nagelsmann:

I spoke to him after training and he said the session was his hardest in four years. It was hard, but it wasn’t that hard. Just normal for Dr. Broich. The session was hard, but it wasn’t that hard. Just normal for Dr Broich.

Nagelsmann’s jab at Juventus

Dr. Holger Broich is the head of fitness for Bayern. He has established his reputation for his impressive work for the Bavarians over the past few seasons. Now, under Nagelsmann, Bayern have tried hard and succeeded in balancing Broich’s fitness training with careful workload management by Nagelsmann.

Juventus coaching staff have come under a lot of criticism recently regarding fitness levels. The number of injuries has skyrocketed in the squad. This rise in the number of injured players has led to a dismal showing in Serie A for the past few seasons. Putting further fuel into the fire, Nagelsmann further added:

“De Ligt didn’t play so many minutes last season. I’ve heard it’s then not easy to stay fit in Italy.”

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