Miralem Pjanic arrived at Barcelona at one of the most fascinating times in recent club history. The midfielder will play a key role in Ronald Koeman’s scheme this year. He interviewed with Sport this week and chatted about a variety of topics.
One of the first and most interesting questions was about his arrival at Barcelona this summer. Like I mentioned, incredibly interesting time to arrive at Barca. Sport asked him if he was afraid if this was a bad time to arrive at the club.
“It is never a bad moment to come to Barça. Barça is a team designed to win everything. It may be that last year was not a good season and that it ended badly. Things did not turn out as they had imagined, but think about all the teams that each year are built to win, and logically not all of them can win. It is not easy to win titles. It was a strange season for everyone, with the coronavirus: we were unemployed for several months, then we had to start almost suddenly, with a strange calendar and no fans at the grounds.”
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The former Juve midfielder was then asked about the thoughts of revenge in the dressing room. Mostly feels like they’re trying to turn the 8-2 disaster into some motivation for the upcoming season. Which, hey, if you can take anything from the most embarrassing loss in recent club history, go for it.
“These players have already earned the respect of the football world and I don’t think they have to prove anything to anyone. But in football there are accidents, and I don’t think there is a Barça player who doesn’t want to show that 8-2 was just that, an accident. I do not have any doubt. I have spoken with some of them and they have not lost an ounce of self-confidence. Last year was not easy for anyone, but I am sure that this year we will have a good season, because we have good players. Nothing is easy in today’s game. We know that Barça is undergoing changes, perhaps the newcomers will need some time to adapt, but we will succeed.”
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Pjanic will be hoping to make his La Liga debut on Sunday against Villarreal, but he’s likely to start on the bench given his later arrival at Barca after testing positive for Covid-19.