Swap deal between Barcelona and Juventus, in which Miralem Pjanić arrived at the Catalan club, while Arthur went in the opposite direction, on the road to the Apennines, caused great attention of the football public this summer.
The Spaniards set very high expectations in front of the national team player of Bosnia and Herzegovina before he stepped on the Camp Nou, and due to lack of playing time and even more lack of good performance of Pjanić, very quickly started talking about how the Turin club did better in a swap deal.
The footballer, who was expected to be an important role in creating the game of Barcelona, has so far failed to gain the trust of Ronald Koeman for more than an episodic role, and in the championship, he recorded only six matches, mostly from the bench and in the final part of the game.
Pjanić got a somewhat more concrete chance in the Champions League, but even that was not enough to awaken a feeling of satisfaction in the former player of Metz, Lyon, Roma, and Juventus. "Honestly, I don't understand why the situation is like this.
I want to play more, I know I can give a lot," Pjanic opened his soul in a conversation with Gazeta. The football player, who gained the reputation of an avid football architect in Serie A, had a continuity of great games in Italy, but after arriving on the Iberian Peninsula, he failed to maintain consistency.
"Whenever the coach called me and gave me a chance, I was ready. I fulfilled the requirements, I played well. I don't know what else I could do. I train, I'm ready." Barcelona has already secured a place in the 1/16th finals in the Champions League with a 100% effect in five rounds, but in the Primera, there are as many as two draws and four defeats in 10 matches.
The last match in which the Catalans were left empty-handed was Saturday's visit to Cadiz (1: 2), and Pjanić got the chance only in the 78th minute, at the moment when the visiting club was chasing a goal behind. "I'm not satisfied.
I can't be satisfied. During my career I never accepted the idea of not playing, so I can't now. We'll see, I'm ready, I'm training well and I'm waiting, that's all I can do. The situation is very delicate and it doesn't suit me at all.
Ronald Koeman on Pjanic
The words of the BiH national team player were the reason for Ronald Koeman to comment on his performance at the conference before the game of the 6th round of the Champions League. "His position and role cannot be compared to the one at Juventus.
We play differently from them. It is difficult, the problem is that he arrived late, but I have no doubt about Pjanic," said the former coach of the Netherlands. Since arriving from Lyon in 2011, Pjanić has spent nine years in Serie A.
He played for Roma for five years, from which he then transferred to Juventus, whose jersey he wore for four seasons. "I spent a wonderful time in both clubs, played during important seasons. Nine years in Italy were beautiful.
Honestly, I miss it. Now I am facing a new challenge, in the biggest club in the world. I wanted to try, I am satisfied with the club and teammates " On Tuesday, the former football player of the Old Lady will play against his former teammates in the 6th round of the Champions League, in which Juventus will play at the Camp Nou.
"Juventus has remained in my heart, I follow their matches whenever I have the opportunity. I was happy after the draw. It is a real pity that the match in Turin was not played in front of the audience, but there will be other opportunities to play again in front of Juventus fans.
I wish Juve all the best, but our goal in tomorrow's match is to win ", said Pjanić. Barcelona and Juventus will compete on Tuesday at 9 pm in the 6th round of the Champions League. The Catalan club has the maximum effect with 15 points, while Juventus suffered the only defeat against the next rival, which celebrated Turin 2: 0.