Martino says he made the decision in consultation with the superstar.
â€śItâ€™s about both sides understanding each other. Messi understands what this is about. Itâ€™s clear that we talked about it and itâ€™s clear that I also have to be sufficiently careful to not sub him off five times in a row. Itâ€™s a relationship that requires balance,â€ť said Martino.
He continued: â€śThis is how I intend to deal with Messi and the players. The decisions are made by me, but I rarely make drastic decisions without talking to the players first. I feel more comfortable if thereâ€™s dialogue between us. Thereâ€™s nothing wrong if I have to reconsider my opinion if a player convinces me.â€ť
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