Pjanić’s first goal against Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman
Miralem Pjanić’s torrid time in Barcelona officially came to an end five days ago with the iconic Bosnian international midfielder addressing Turkish giants Besiktas on a one-season loan.
It was hardly Pjanić’s fairy tale move after his arrival in Barcelona, one that saw Arthur go the other way towards Juventus, was meant to add creativity to the Blaugrana midfield, and instead saw the Bosnian make 30 appearances in all competitions in 2020-21 without producing a single goal or assisting during his time at Camp Nou.
But, according to Pjanić, much of his fights in the Catalan capital were due to a lack of communication from Barcelona director Ronald Koeman, who claimed the former Dutch international killed his confidence;
“Honestly, I have wondered many times, wondering what I did wrong. Maybe he didn’t like that I said I wanted to make it more public. But any coach would say ‘okay, this is a competition and I like to hear that’. That could be it, but I would have liked him to tell me to my face that it wasn’t for him. However, it did not exist and I do not understand it. It is complicated because it is the first time it has happened to me and I have never seen such behavior before ”.
Koeman strikes back with a ruthless response
Such accusations were not going to go unanswered, especially by a fiery figure like Koeman, who is well known in those places after being a prominent Barça player during his illustrious days as a player.
Miralem Pjanic didn’t hold back on her time under Ronald Koeman 😳 pic.twitter.com/S83b2Bl5Zd
– Football B / R (@brfootball) September 4, 2021
According to the former head of the Netherlands, Pjanić never happened of the note in the Barça;
“I think there is some frustration on the part of the player and I understand that. However, in terms of how we play, our ideas with and without the ball are not up to the standard of other midfielders.
That is all. Wish you all the best. It was complicated, but we tried and we saw that there are other players who are better than him ”.
Regardless of which side of the debate he falls on, Pjanić’s lack of statistical results would suggest that Koeman was justified in having little faith in Bosnian to say the least. While no player should feel disrespected or belittled, it is difficult to say that Pjanić deserved as many opportunities as he really received, especially at a club like Barcelona that maintain a level of standards that, under the best of circumstances, border on perfection.
However, a reset button for Pjanić will certainly do the player good, especially considering how good the international has been 102 caps in his entire career at the highest level in Europe.