Pjanic Fondly Recalls His Stints at Roma and Juventus

Miralem Pjanic just left Barcelona to join Sharjah in the UAE. He took stock of his previous stops to DAZN, commenting on his time at Roma and Juventus.

“Joining the Giallorossi was the most important choice of my career. I didn’t want to move to Italy at first. Luis Enrique and Walter Sabatini insisted and convinced me. It was the best decision I could make. Unfortunately, we didn’t win anything in those five years, but we had top-notch players. We couldn’t keep them, though. I’m happy they won the European Conference League. I think that they have found stability with the new brass. They will do great things and hired one of the best coaches to handle a club like that. Their chemistry bore fruits right away.”

The Bosnian international also addressed his stay in Turin.

“Transferring to Juventus was another important step. I started winning trophies and playing Champions League finals there. I’ve become more mature under Massimiliano Allegri. Maurizio Sarri is a great coach too. Their front office was perfect at the time. I’ve had four extraordinary years and reached a point where I wanted to measure myself up with something different. They are facing a lot of criticism now, some of which is exaggerated. The players have to step up and give more. The blame can’t be placed all on the coach. They need to find the right balance.”

Pjanic had trouble fitting in at Barcelona.

“It was the right time for me to try something new in a club like that. But I didn’t expect them to be in such a state, which was vey complicated. I never anticipatied finding them in that situation.”

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