Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri has told midfielder Miralem Pjanic that if he wants to maintain his place in the coach’s first-team plans, he must show the attitude of a great player.
The 30-year-old has played for the Turin giants this season 32 times in all competitions, scoring three goals and placing another four.
His form before the coronavirus break, however, was a significant source of concern for Juve, with the midfielder only lasting 50 minutes before being replaced in a 2-1-way defeat to Napoli, while flopping against former Lyon club in the Champions League, again being prematurely replaced in a 1-0 last-16 reverse.
However, Sarri expects better from a man who is linked to a summer move to Barcelona or Paris Saint-Germain.
“Fantastic player is Miralem. He can’t afford to make four or five matches underperform as he did. I’ve talked to him; he couldn’t recover from some bad matches. He needs to know he’s a talented player who can make mistakes. He has to be attentive,” he told Sky Sport Italia.
Meanwhile, the former boss of Chelsea and Napoli explained that he has a headache having two quality players on his books, Paulo Dybala and Cristiano Ronaldo, simply because they are so similar to each other.
Juve leads the way in Italy, but they’re only one point away from Lazio, and although the third-placed Inter is nine away, the San Siro side has one match in hand.
Under that light, Sarri refuses to take anything for granted.