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Sport Barca want revenge after Champions League humiliation – Pjanic

11:00  25 september  2020
11:00  25 september  2020 Source:   goal.com

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Barça : UEFA Champions League . Miralem Pjanic arrived at Barcelona at one of the most fascinating times in recent club history. Pjanic will be hoping to make his La Liga debut on Sunday against Villarreal, but he’s likely to start on the bench given his later arrival at Barca after testing

Barcelona have sacked manager Quique Setien in the wake of their humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals. The club fired Setien following a hastily-convened emergency meeting on Monday morning after suffering one of the darkest defeats of their 120-year

Miralem Pjanic standing on a baseball field: Barcelona recruit Miralem Pjanic © Getty Images Barcelona recruit Miralem Pjanic

Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic said the LaLiga giants want revenge this season following their Champions League embarrassment.

An 8-2 humiliation against Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals capped a forgettable and trophy-less 2019-20 campaign for Barca.

Barca were also dethroned by bitter rivals Real Madrid in LaLiga, prompting the embattled Catalan powerhouse to sack head coach Quique Setien and appoint Ronald Koeman.

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"While Barca did not perform, Bayern must be given credit for the game they played. It was world class football," Barcelona fan Ali Mir explained. While Bayern looked like a well-drilled, physically fit team, Barcelona looked like an ageing collection of individuals too heavily reliant on the magic Messi can

Thomas Muller fired the Bundesliga champions ahead after just three minutes and, while David Alaba's own goal briefly levelled matters, Ivan Trailing 4-1 at half-time after a disastrous opening 45 minutes, Barca needed an early goal to keep their hopes alive. And Suarez duly obliged with a fine

Superstar captain and six-time Ballon d'Or winner Lionel Messi also handed in a transfer request before opting to stay at Camp Nou.

Now preparing for Sunday's season opener against Villarreal, recruit Pjanic told Sport: "This team wants to take revenge for what happened in Lisbon and show that it was a huge accident.

"Our goal is to go step by step: starting with the league, which will not be easy. And in the Champions League, there will be five or six candidates to win the trophy.

"Starting in March, a new season will begin within the season itself, with the knockout stages of the Champions League and the decisive stretch of the league championship; that's where we have to be at full throttle.

"These players have already earned the respect of the football world and I don't think they have to prove anything to anyone. But in football there are accidents, and I don't think there is a Barca player who doesn't want to show that 8-2 was just that, an accident.

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"I do not have any doubt. I have spoken with some of them and they have not lost an ounce of self-confidence. Last year was not easy for anyone, but I am sure that this year we will have a good season, because we have good players.

"Nothing is easy in today's game. We know that Barca is undergoing changes, perhaps the newcomers will need some time to adapt, but we will succeed."

Pjanic swapped Serie A champions Juventus for Barca as Arthur moved in the opposite direction and the Bosnia-Herzegovina star added: "It is never a bad moment to come to Barca. Barca are a team designed to win everything. It may be that last year was not a good season and that it ended badly.

"Things did not turn out as they had imagined, but think about all the teams that each year are built to win, and logically not all of them can win. It is not easy to win titles.

"It was a strange season for everyone, with the coronavirus: we were unemployed for several months, then we had to start almost suddenly, with a strange calendar and no fans at the grounds."

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Barca ended the season second after a poor run of form following the league restarting after its coronavirus-enforced suspension. Setien amassed 16 wins, four draws and five defeats during his time with the club. In addition to Setien's dismissal, the club also announced that the club will hold its

Barcelona manager Luis Enrique reacts furiously after Champions League humiliation against PSG Luis Enrique's Barcelona were crushed 4-0 by Paris Saint Germain on Tuesday The Barca coach was upset at questions about his tactics after the game


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