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Martino defends decision to bench Messi, Neymar

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Barcelona boss Gerardo Martino said any coach would have taken the same decision as he did after leaving star forwards Lionel Messi and Neymar on the bench for his side's 0-0 draw away to Atletico Madrid on Saturday. 

Barcelona's Xavi Hernandez (C) jumps for the ball past Atletico Madrid's David Villa during their Spanish La Liga match, at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, on January 11, 2014

Both Messi and Neymar were introduced after half-time, but even they couldn't find a way through Atletico's watertight defence as the stalemate leaves both sides still level on points at the top of La Liga.

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