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Lionel Messi was happy with Martino's appointment.
Never underestimate the power of the dressing room.
A squad of players that know their manager better than anyone else inside or outside the club.
If you have a group of players that want to sweat blood for you, to go the extra mile for you, then you're half way there.
Of course, players are but employees at the end of the day and will just get on with the job as they must.
However, the group can make life for a manager extremely difficult if they don't believe he has the credentials.
Fortunately for Martino, he continues to retain the support of his charges.
According to AS, h/t Football Espana, Andres Iniesta dismissed the notion the manager doesn't have the full support of the entire squad after the recent loss to Real Sociedad:
It was a tough defeat, but we’re with him all the way.
We don’t have any doubts. It has to be kept in mind that he always wants the best for the team.
At the end of the day, everyone has to take responsibility for [losing to La Real]. When you win and lose, it’s the players who have to go out and play the match.