On today’s newspaper covers, Mundo Deportivo are praising Miralem Pjanić’s versatility, even calling him a wild card, while Sport say Barcelona are negotiating with Manchester City for Eric García.
The Bosnian has now officially been a Barcelona player for some days but we will have to wait until next season to see him play for the Azulgrana. Still, Mundo Deportivo are adamant that the midfielder can be a great asset to the team.
So much so that they claim he can even replace Sergio Busquets in the lineup if necessary and help free up Frenkie de Jong in the process as well. Either way, he’s a ‘joker‘ card that the Catalans can use in a plethora of different ways, all equally effective as well.
Sport have gone in a slightly different direction today, saying Barcelona are negotiating with Man City for Eric García as they want the youngster back at the Camp Nou.
His contract is set to expire in 2021 but Barcelona want him this summer and won’t wait until next year to potentially snatch him for free. But if they can’t succeed now, they will come back once his contract ends.
With Gerard Piqué getting older by the minute, Jean-Clair Todibo likely leaving for good soon and Samuel Umtiti once again plagued with injures, the former La Masia talent could be an excellent buy indeed.
Can they actually bring him back?
Ronald Koeman talks after breaking the Celta away curse comfortably
Ronald Koeman has spoken in the press conference ahead of the Celta 0-3 Barcelona game. The Dutch manager managed to finally break the curse at the Balaidos — the Catalan club had not won any of the last 6 games away against Vigo, losing 3 of them.
Koeman, on the other hand, broke the curse comfortably. The manager played an entire second half with 10 men, but still managed to score 2 goals to secure the game.
“I’m very proud of this team today, we have worked very well, with one player less. We have done a great job with a lot of discipline.”, Koeman said.
The Dutch manager explained that at the break, he rotated to a 4-4-1 system: “At the break we talked about the 4-4-1 system and the players have done a great job.”
Koeman also added that Messi did a great job tonight: “Leo has worked a lot without the ball and he has been very important.”
“We said to the referee that there were other fouls on the pitch. In the end, it’s his decision and there is no need to discuss. I think it was a foul but I’m not sure if it was a yellow card.”, added Koeman regarding the second yellow card that Lenglet received which brought his team down to 10 men.
The Dutch manager was asked about the Champions League draw as well:
“We can be happy about the Champions League draw. Juve and Barça are the two best teams in the group but it will have to be proven.”
“I can’t say much about last season, but from day one I’ve seen the players very eager and eager to turn the situation around. The players are training very well, and we’re better physically.”, concluded Koeman.