Ahead of Saturday’s Joan Gamper Trophy, new Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has settled concerns about Miralem Pjanic and the latest squad updates.
The upcoming game with Elche for the Joan Gamper Trophy will be the first game at Camp Nou which Ronald Koeman will be in charge of – and he has a lot riding on his shoulders.
“It is a special challenge for me to be at the Camp Nou for the last game before the start of LaLiga. It’s a game to look forward to. It’s a good match because it’s an opponent who plays in the first division. It is a test on a physical and football level,” said Koeman.
“We’ve been here for three weeks and I think the team and the players have improved a lot in terms of physical appearance.
“We have also worked well on tactical issues. We saw good things in the last friendly against Girona and hopefully we will see a complete match in the Gamper.”
Koeman also spoke about Miralem Pjanic’s involvement in the match tomorrow against Elche for the Joan Gamper Trophy.
“He will be in the [squad] list. He’s not 100 percent to play from the start, but he might have few minutes tomorrow.”