MESSI NOT ANGRY AT BEING BENCHED - INIESTABy quadrihatic 09:22 Sun, 13 Sep 2015 Comments
The Argentina international had no problem with
being left out of Luis Enrique's starting line-up for
the trip to the Vicente Calderon, according to his
Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta says Lionel
Messi was not angry at being left out of the starting
XI against Atletico Madrid.
Messi missed training on Friday in order to be with
girlfriend Antonella Roccuzzo for the birth of his
second son, Mateo.
Barca coach Luis Enrique opted to leave him among
the substitutes at the Vicente Calderon until the
hour mark, when the Argentina star came on for
Ivan Rakitic before scoring the winner in the 2-1
Iniesta insists his team-mate had no qualms with
the coach's decision, telling reporters: "He's not
angry at being left out. It's normal after the journey
and everything that's happened over the last few
"Ultimately, it's the work of everyone that helps the
team go forward.
"Leo is a unique player, he makes a difference and
today he did it again. I'm very happy for him and the
"We know that games here are always more
difficult than normal. We matched the intensity of
Atletico when we didn't have the ball and with the
ball we played very well.
"I think we played a very, very complete match."
Sergi Roberto, who again filled in at right-back in
place of the injured Dani Alves, was keen to hail the
decisive nature of Messi's appearance from the
bench as Barca prepare to visit Roma in the
Champions League on Wednesday.
"There is nobody like Leo. He's a father again, he
could not train with us, but today he decided the
game," Roberto told the club's official website.
"The team played very well the whole match and
Leo was decisive when he came in.
"It's true we have two tough away games but now
we only have one. We're thinking about Roma and
the Champions League because it is always
important to start off with a win."
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