MATCH catches up with NETHERLANDS centre-back MATTHIJS DE LIGT ahead of EURO 2020!

EUROS EXCITEMENT!

DE LIGT SAYS: “It was important there is relief for the nation and for the fans that we have qualified! We are a nation that should always be represented at World Cups and European Championships but there is no given right. We worked hard to be here. Now we want to do well!”

ACE AMBITIONS!

DE LIGT SAYS: “With any knock out tournament the first priority always has to be to progress out of the group stage. Most tournaments there is one nation that fails at that group stage that nobody expected to. Once you are out of the group stage you know it is not many games until the final and you can really start to dream!”

GROUP C!

DE LIGT SAYS: “I am happy we have qualified – but I don’t think we have been given a kind group or anything like that. They are nations who we need to treat with respect. The same will be true of whoever is the last team to make up the group. There will be no time for complacency all opposition must be given credit!”

THE FAVOURITES!

DE LIGT SAYS: “France, Belgium, and Germany have very strong teams and I am sure they will all have big ambitions. England also have a very good young team. Spain and Italy can always find a new gear at major tournaments. So I think there will be many nations who are going to have the confidence they can win!”

VIRGIL VAN DIJK!

DE LIGT SAYS: “His injury has been unfortunate for him – but I know his character and he will come back stronger. When you play with somebody with the quality of Virgil you have to try and learn from him. He has been the best defender in the world over the last two years. It’s important I learn from him when we play together for the national team!”

HIS DREAM!

DE LIGT SAYS: ” If you ask any player I am sure they will say it will be a dream to captain their count. Virgil still has many more years ahead of him playing at the highest level. I am sure he is not ready to give the armband up yet!”

THE GAFFER!

DE LIGT SAYS: ” We are all excited. He achieved such great things with Ajax, with Barcelona and is one of the most capped Dutch players of all time. We all know what he is about and his reputation. Many of the players would have grown up watching him. Even the younger players who don’t remember seeing him play live know of his status and everything he has achieved!”