Messi is not usually taken off by Barca coaching staff.
But Martino explained: â€śWeâ€™ve talked to Messi from the beginning. The season is long and this way he can rest if he doesnâ€™t play every minute in a couple of matches. We came to an agreement quickly.
"Agreeing on substitutions beforehand is a complicated matter. No one would ever take Messi out of a match if the teams are evenly matched. But it can be done in matches where we take a big advantage, this way he can preserve his fitness.â€ť
When asked about Messiâ€™s pressure on Levanteâ€™s back line, Martino said, â€śWhen Messi starts the pressure, our opponents see that heâ€™s trying to win possession back. Hopefully he can do this on a regular basis and that his team-mates follow him.â€ť
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