Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt described Eden Hazard as “out of this world” after facing the Belgium star in a friendly on Tuesday.Ronald Koeman’s men held Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Brussels after Arnaut Groeneveld cancelled out Dries Mertens’ opener in the first half.The highly rated De Ligt, 19, played the first half – like Hazard – and was impressed by the Chelsea attacker. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I obviously knew about the size of [Romelu] Lukaku,” the Ajax defender said.”And Hazard is truly out of this world. It’s been some night for me.”De Ligt came through the youth system at Ajax and has been linked to the likes of Manchester City and United and Barcelona among other clubs.The teenager enjoyed the opportunity to face some of the world’s best, saying: “It was fantastic.”You start playing football for games like these. Strikers like Lukaku, wingers like Hazard, it’s great to face them on the pitch.”De Ligt has made 11 international appearances, but dismissed suggestions he was already a certain starter for Netherlands.”I wouldn’t say irreplaceable, but I have played many games recently,” he said.”That was one of my goals, but to be irreplaceable, you have to play really consistently over a longer period of time.”
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There was a good story by Jake Trotter on ESPN today about the Bedlam off-the-field not rivalry. Austin Hays had a few additional things to say about that earlier this week.“I know a lot of those guys, some of them I’m really good friends with,” said Hays. “One of them was my teammate in high school.”Hays and Trevor Knight played high school ball together (I dug up this tweet from 2011). Reagan TD: Trevor Knight 60-yard pass to Austin Hays. Reagan leads New Braunfels 35-7, 4:34, 3rd.— mySA high schools (@mysahighschools) November 12, 2011AdChoices广告Hays assured everyone they aren’t chatting football, but they do have a big group text (like all of us).“We don’t talk about football too much,” said Hays. “We normally talk about what concert we’re going to, where we’re going to go for spring break or who our partner is going to be for the golf scramble. Our spring break trip with the OU guys has changed our relationship with them. We became really close and are in a group text most of the time.”Personally, I love this. OU and OSU being good at football at the same time is awesome and college kids doing college kids things is fine by me. As long as we don’t see Daxx Garman in all black on OU’s sideline on Saturday this weekend feeding Mike Stoops signals, then who cares. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.