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Pjanic: ‘We need to be more ruthless’

November 1, 2019

Miralem Pjanic enjoys playing under coach Maurizo Sarri but believes Juventus need to be more “ruthless and clinical” in finishing their chances.

The Bianconeri are the only team to remain unbeaten in all competitions across Europe’s top leagues and Pjanic has played a key role in Sarri’s new-look Juve team.

“I try to do what Sarri asks me to do: to find space and make sure I’m available to receive the ball,” Pjanic told Tuttosport.

“I like his ideas and playing with only one or two touches as we need to make the ball run quicker than us because the ball must always travel quicker.

“I have a very important role and I feel very good in this system, although lately we haven’t been killing off games and scoring compared to the chances we create.

“That puts us in danger and doesn’t give us all the satisfaction that we could gain from how we play.

“We need to be more ruthless and clinical. That will also lead to our opponents having more respect and fear for us.”

Juventus have been accused of favouritism from referees, an allegation Pjanic believes is nonsense.

“You never lose because of a referee, that’s just an excuse. When you leave the pitch after a defeat, you are very angry and might say a lot.

“But to blame someone else is the easiest road to take. Referees will make mistakes in the same way as we do. Today, VAR is helping both referees and the people.

“At this point, I’m not paying attention to the comments any more.”

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