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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

Spanish team-mate.

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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