Thursday February 7 2013
Pjanic: 'Zeman had to go'

Miralem Pjanic supported Roma’s decision to sack Zdenek Zeman. “Something had to change, as we didn’t have the right balance.”

The Giallorossi fired Zeman last week after a 4-2 home defeat to Cagliari and promoted member of staff Aurelio Andreazzoli to the role of Coach.

“All that counts is what is best for Roma,” Pjanic told Bosnian media after a friendly with Slovenia.

“We are coming off a difficult moment. Our objective was to be among the top teams, but now we are far away, so it was only normal that something had to change.

“I hope the situation can change with the new Coach, because this side has the quality to do well. We didn’t have the right balance. We had the best attack, but also the worst defensive record.

“Our all-attack style of play was our strength and also our biggest weakness. We must work hard to climb back up the table.”

Pjanic has repeatedly been linked with a summer swoop by Barcelona or Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.

“I denied the rumours and it is not true that I am close to a transfer. Clearly Barcelona are a special side, one of the best in the world, but I have a contract with Roma and I’m happy, even if things aren’t going well.

“Anyone who wants me must talk to the club first.”