Gerardo MARTINO has stated that Lionel MESSI has to rest.
Gerardo MARTINO has come out following Barcelona's 7-0 win (match highlights here) and explained why MESSI was substituted off in the second half. During Barcelona's match against Levante, MESSI was substituted off with the score being 6-0 in their favor. Here's what MARTINO had to say about it:
"I've talked to him and he understands that in games where the score is no longer in doubt, he will have to rest. If you do that three or four times, it would be like a full match. MESSI's very smart and we agreed right away."