After Juventus won Serie A 2019/20, Barcelona sent a message to their future midfielder Miralem Pjanic via Twitter. Juventus managed to win the title for the ninth consecutive time, and this season’s title was Pjanic’s 4th with the Italian club.
The 30-year-old has been key in Juventus’ campaign, contributing with 3 goals and 6 assists. Also, Pjanic managed to have an average 90% success passing rate and recovered more than 150 balls. These statistics are mainly the reason why Barcelona decided to sign the Bosnian midfielder.
Pjanic’s response to Barça’s congratulations message did not take long. “Thank you, see you soon”, wrote the future Barcelona midfielder.
Pjanic will arrive in Barcelona at the end of August and sign a contract for four seasons, with a release clause of €400 million.
Ronald Araujo returns to Barcelona first-team training ahead of Sevilla clash
This Saturday afternoon, Barcelona will travel to Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan to face Sevilla for the control of the third place in the table. The Andalusians have already proved they are an incredibly tricky opponent so this clash is bound to be a big one once more.
But there is some good news for Ronald Koeman ahead of the Saturday challenge. Barcelona have officially confirmed that Ronald Araujo is once again training with the team. Of course, the centre-back has been out of action for quite some time now and the Catalans have missed him dearly.
He may be still young and developing but the Uruguayan is a true rock in their defence. Having him available should definitely help in the remainder of the season, especially since Gerard Pique is also back.
However, we still don’t know whether Koeman will risk his defensive talisman right from the start this Saturday, even if he is given the green light. Sometimes, throwing players into the fire immediately, especially for such a huge game, can be counterproductive.
Araujo is surely eager to play but Koeman needs to think long-term when making this tricky decision. Despite the opposition and the importance of the match, maybe it wouldn’t be that bad to start him on the bench.
After all, he can always be substituted in if the team requires some extra solidity in the latter parts of the clash. Hopefully, however, it doesn’t come to that.
Either way, this is a must-win game and the team better be ready to face the challenge.