Miralem Pjanic made an astonishing revelation about the extent of the discord at Juventus last season. ‘Maurizio Sarri didn’t trust his men' and 'doubted' their professionalism.
The Bianconeri won the Scudetto, but lost the Finals of the Coppa Italia and Italian Super Cup, crashing out of the Champions League against Olympique Lyonnais in the Round of 16.
The coach was fired, with President Andrea Agnelli explaining there was no ‘alchemy’ between Sarri and his squad, but Pjanic reveals just how bad the situation was.
“What still disappoints me to this day is that Sarri didn’t trust his men and that disturbed me,” Barcelona midfielder Pjanic told Tuttosport.
“The way he misjudged people remains the worst aspect, because every player in that locker room has always and will always give their all for the club and team.
“You might not get along with one or two, but that has never affected our efforts, because every player wants to win, because they are incredible professionals who want to pursue their objective.
“So, if a coach puts that into doubt, it means you don’t have that alchemy that the President talked about.”
This implies that Sarri actively believed some of the Juventus players in the squad were working against him and not giving 100 per cent.
“Nobody is doubting Sarri’s qualities as a coach, but there was this problem,” added Pjanic.
“At the end of the day, we still brought home another Scudetto, which must never be taken for granted.”