- William Troost-Ekong played a very crucial role to tame the Cristiano Ronaldo-led Juventus attack
- The Nigerian defender has praised his side for the 2-1 win over the Serie A leaders
- The Old Lady squandered their chance to be crowned champions after the game
William Troost-Ekong was in the thick of action as he helped Udinese record a stunning 2-1 victory over runaway Serie A leaders Juventus on Thursday night, July 23.
The Little Zebras claimed all three points at home to the Old Lady as they came from behind to win the game against all odds.
Udinese went behind to Matthijs de Ligt’s 42nd minute strike, but rallied back with goals from Illija Nestorovski and Seko Fofana.
The win boosted the home team hopes of escaping relegation at the end of the season.
“I am very happy because of these three heavy three points and also because before the game, no one would have bet on us,” Troost-Ekong told Udinese TV, as cited in Complete Sports.
"They came here to celebrate and that charged us before the game. Today, we played with personality and deserved to win."
The Nigeria international who was deployed in midfield in recent outings also assured he is ready to play in any position for his team.
“Well, I played in the middle for two years but after the lockdown, the manager wanted me to move to the right,” he continued.
“Obviously, he decides how we get on the field but I think as a defensive midfielder I can be more useful to the team.”
The Old Lady squandered their chance to be crowned champions after the meeting following their failure to hold on to their lead from the first half.
And Juve fans have taken to social media to call for the sack of the club’s manager Maurizio Sarri for his tactics in the game resulted in his side blowing away the lead.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Troost-Ekong named Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi as the toughest attacker he has faced in his career so far.
Ekong is known as one of the best central defenders in the world considering the level at which the Nigeria operates at the back line. Lionel Messi is no doubt one of the feared forwards in the world whose style of play has always been a nightmare for many defenders.
When Nigeria played Argentina at the 2018 World Cup in Russia, William Troost-Ekong faced Messi in which the Argentine scored against the Super Eagles.
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