Against Getafe, Barcelona lost some crucial points in La Liga as Bordalas’ side played a physical game to ensure they went on to grab the three points. For Barcelona, they played poorly, and they have to do better, but Ronald Koeman and his players complained a lot about the locals’ game.
“I don’t know if there was VAR tonight.”Ronald Koeman in the post-match press conference
Allan Nyom was one of the talking points of the game as the Cameroonian international made multiple fouls and didn’t get red-carded. One of the few actions that made Nyom the villain of the game was when he elbowed Leo Messi in the face in the 40th minute. The Catalan players complained a lot about the action and wanted Nyom to get booked for his antics.
📰 — Allan Nyom stood over 17-year-old Ansu Fati yesterday after he elbowed him and shouted: "18 years old and you’re diving like that? 18 years old!?". [as] pic.twitter.com/Ww6Yfag4yq— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) October 18, 2020
Nyom also elbowed Frenkie de Jong during the fixture, and the Catalan players looked furious because of the elbow. Nyom was a persistent problem for the Barça attackers, and he also looked down on Ansu Fati when he went down, perhaps too easily, after the right-back tackled him.
Ronald Koeman, at the end of the game, complained to José Bordalas about his players and especially Nyom, who, according to the Dutch manager, insulted him. The former Everton and Southampton coach also questioned the use of VAR after the game.
“Nyom insulted me and was very disrespectful. We can’t allow such things to happen nowadays. I told his coach to control him.”Ronald Koeman in the post-match press conference
Getafe were indeed a robust side, but this shouldn’t, however, be an excuse for how Barça played. One week before El Clasico, such a loss isn’t encouraging enough, especially after the team showed so much promise against Villarreal and Celta a month ago. This loss shouldn’t cause an overreaction either and Koeman still should have the support of his side and his fans.
‘I am looking forward to this match’ – Pjanić talks ahead of his Juventus return
Tonight, Juventus will host Barcelona in Turin for the second matchday of the Champions League group stages. With both teams having won their first clash in Europe, they are looking to take control of the table by beating their biggest rival.
For Miralem Pjanić, however, this will be more than a big clash. After all, he will potentially face his former team should Ronald Koeman choose to give him a shot. Needless to say, he is excited about it, as he told the press ahead of the clash.
“I am looking forward to this match with a lot of enthusiasm, for all the people I know and I appreciate here at Juventus, but now I am a Barça player.”
The Bosnian midfielder has mostly been among the substitutes but he is ready to give his all, both in training and in games. Of course, with the coach mostly electing to field two midfielders, it was tough to get a spot in the gala XI.
“I’m at a big club and it’s normal that there is competition. We can also play three in the midfield, but that depends on the coach. All I can do is train hard.”
“It’s a new system and I have to adapt to it. I’ve also changed leagues, it’s a new country. I’ll do my best to help my team, like I did at Juve.”
Of course, Barcelona’s start to the season was rocky, to say the least. However, the campaign is long and the team is improving.
“The team has the quality to be successful. In the league we are not where we want to be but the season is a long one.”
Pjanić also had to comment on both Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, players who will definitely be in the spotlight in Turin.
“Messi is the best of all time and it is a privilege to play alongside him. It’s a unique chance to have played alongside Messi and Cristiano.”
“Griezmann is a goalscorer and a great player and I am sure he will play well in the next few games. When he start to score goals, he will be vitally important for the team.”
Finally, a couple of words on Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus and the fact that Barcelona will once again play in an empty stadium.
“They are a very strong team so it will be a difficult game but our objective is to be at our best to pick up all three points.”
“I know Juventus very well and I am waiting excitedly for the game. We would like to play in front of the fans. Let’s hope we can overcome the current situation as quickly as possible.”