Messi’s level of performances have been under the microscope, after he failed to lift his team as they were dumped out of the UEFA Champions League by Atletico Madrid and lost the Copa del Rey final to Real Madrid – three defeats in eight days.
Martino claims that rivals have been working out how to stop his team playing and that his why Messi has not been firing on all cylinders.
“In Messi’s case, I am happy that he can respond in the way he responded. He has a great advantage, he does not defend himself with his mouth, he defends himself with football. As he does not talk, he does his talking on the pitch. Of each 100 games, 99 he plays well, and he always gives his answers there. What happened this week was a bit hard, so [the goal and win] made me happy.”