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Barcelona coach Rijkaard: We've lost with Messi on the field

Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard has dismissed claims they lost on Saturday at Atletico Madrid because he started the game with Lionel Messi on the bench.

Rijkaard said: "I respect the critics, but remember that we also have lost games with Messi on the field. It seems to me that this is exaggerated just a little bit.

"Leo was carrying some slight injuries and needed to rest."

Asked why, if Messi was injured, did he throw him on, Rijkaard replied: "I was trying to change the result, but it wasn't possible."

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