Miralem Pjanic has slammed Maurizio Sarri by opening up on how the former Juventus coach didn’t trust his own squad.
Sarri coached Juventus last season, winning 34 of his 51 games in all competitions (D8 L9) and helping the club win a ninth successive Serie A title.
A shock last-16 Champions League defeat at the hands of Lyon, however, resulted in the Italian’s dismissal in August – just 404 days after becoming the Bianconeri’s manager.
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There were also constant doubts regarding Sarri’s methods in Turin, with the squad clearly ill-suited towards them. Many of the footballers also didn’t see eye-to-eye with him.
Now Pjanic, who followed Sarri out of Turin as part of a trade deal to Barcelona in exchange for Arthur Melo, has opened up on his experience under the former Napoli and Chelsea gaffer.
“What I still regret now is that Sarri did not trust the players, which concerned me,” the Bosnian midfielder told Tuttosport.
“It is a shame when you evaluate people wrong; every player in that dressing room always gave and will always give their best for the club and for the team.
“You might not get along with one or two players, but this would never affect their commitment because every player wants to win. They are incredible professionals who want to pursue their goal.
“Well, if the coach questions this, then that spark which the president talks about doesn’t happen. Nobody doubts Sarri’s qualities as a coach, but there was that problem.
“In the end, though, we took home another Scudetto which is never something to be taken for granted.”