The reason Ronald Koeman didn’t pick Miralem Pjanic for Barcelona finally revealed

Miralem Pjanic’s departure to Besiktas has caused quite a stir at Barcelona. The Bosnian spoke frankly about his experience working under Ronald Koeman, claiming it to be one of the strangest relationships he’s ever had with a coach. Koeman, he claimed, disrespected him and treated him like a teenager.

Ronald Koeman

According to Mundo Deportivo, however, Koeman’s reasons for not picking Pjanic were down to characteristics rather than quality. Koeman knows Pjanic is a talented player, but believed that the Bosnian’s style of play didn’t suit what he wanted out of his midfielders. He saw him as too defensive.

Miralem Pjanic

For Koeman, the player who sits in the pivot needs to be able to pressure the opponent high up the pitch, even more so than Sergio Busquets does. That’s why Koeman chose Frenkie de Jong over Pjanic, who was schooled primarily in the slower art of Italian defending. Koeman never asked for Pjanic; he was foisted upon him by the Barcelona board. He was never his player.

Tags Barcelona La Liga Miralem Pjanic Ronald Koeman


  1. Hagnos says:

    It’s like sponsored by kuman- how to explain His weak player management skill

  2. Svoki says:

    Unfortunately, Barcelona no longer exists, because there is only the Dutch national team, that is Koeman’s plan for the worst Barcelona coach in the history of the club.
    Pjanic is an outstanding player, of course you can’t show anything if you don’t have the time and chance to do so

  3. Dave says:

    this coach is a disgrace just president Laporta. dooms day for Barca and for us the cules

  4. Richy says:

    Koeman has collapsed our beloved team Barca for us. He doesn’t have technical eyes to know Pjanic is a Good player.

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