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Barca Boss: Why I Decided To Bench Messi

FC Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has revealed why he decided to start Lionel Messi on the bench in the club's 0-0 draw with Juventus in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday night.

Click through the mini-gallery above to see pictures of FC Barcelona vs Juventus on Wednesday night.

The decision to name the Argentine as a substitute came as a surprise in the build-up to kick-off, given the Argentine had started each of Barca's 16 La Liga and Champions League games this season.

After the match, Valverde told members of the media that he wanted to rest Messi's legs for their top-of-the-table clash against Valencia on Sunday.

"Messi's fine," Valverde said, as quoted by Football Espana.

"It was a difficult decision. He feels a great deal of responsibility within the club and the team.

"But he has played a lot of games and eventually he had to have a rest. We thought it would be a tight game and then it would open up.

"The idea was he could come on in the second half, with the game more open. That was the decision."

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The Blaugrana have already booked their place in the knockout stage of the competition.

Do you think this was a good move by Valverde? Have your say in the comments section below. 

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