Pjanic: "There was no intensity, no tactics in Koeman's team"
Ronald Koeman's qualities have been negatively compared to those of his successor, Xavi, by former Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic.
has slammed former Barcelona coach
, alleging that during the Dutchman's tenure at Camp Nou, training sessions lacked intensity, tactics, and ideas.
Pjanic made 19 league appearances forBarcelona
after signing from
in the 2020-21 season, spending the previous season on loan at Besiktas before joining Emirati club Sharjah last month.
The Bosnia and Herzegovina international has previously criticized Koeman, accusing him of "disrespecting" him following his move to
in September 2021.
Pjanic attacked Koeman's methods once more in an interview with Cadena Ser on Friday, saying:
"I was very surprised in training with Koeman. There was no intensity, no tactics, no ideas. We did not prepare for the games."
Pjanic spent the most recent pre-season with Barcelona under Koeman's successor, Xavi, and was far more complimentary of the current Blaugrana coach.
"Preparation and training was good under Xavi, similar to what I was used to at Juventus, for example, where we won everything,"
"Now the sessions at Barca have a lot of intensity. Xavi and his staff were very clear with us at the start of the season. They told us this year we would have to run and go 2000 miles per hour."
"Every day is like a game in training at Barcelona now, because there is so much quality in the squad and a lot of intensity." Xavi has led Barcelona to an unbeaten start to the LaLiga season, after taking over from Koeman midway through last season and overseeing a second-place finish.
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