‘Winter champion? That means nothing’

Tata Martino has revealed that reason why he started Lionel Messi and Neymar on the bench for Barcelona’s game with Atletico Madrid.

The Blaugrana drew 0-0 with the capital club at Vicente Calderon this evening, but they did so with the South American superstars on the sideline.

"Messi and Neymar weren't ready to complete game, so started on bench. Leo subbed on bit earlier than planned after Iniesta knock,” he told reporters.

“The draw is good, away against the other Liga leader. We wanted to win but I can't reproach the players anything.

“Winter champion? That means nothing, no one remembers the 'winter champion', I prefer to be 'summer champion'.

“Atletico will compete for the Liga until the end."

“Messi not starting? He played a great half an hour on Wednesday, but we couldn't forget he has been out for 60 days.”

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