Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino explained he has to be careful not to tire Lionel Messi after he substituted the star against Real Sociedad.
Messi starred as Martino's side eased to a 4-1 victory over Sociedad at Camp Nou and it did not take Barcelona long to take the lead as Neymar opened the scoring after just five minutes to notch his maiden La Liga goal.
The Brazilian was involved again three minutes later as he set Messi up for his seventh league goal of the season, while Sergio Busquets and Marc Bartra rounded off their win.
Alberto De La Bella's 64th-minute strike for Sociedad was the only blemish on Barcelona's performance and much post-match focus was centred on Messi, who appeared disappointed to be substituted.
Martino said: "Leo never wants to be subbed off, but it's my task to take care of him. We need him at end of season.
"What we're doing is rotating the squad. All that interests me is that everyone is enthusiastic about playing.
"My way of thinking won't change, I repeated the whole time how I want to play, and maybe this game helps some to see things clearer."
The Argentine reserved special praise for Neymar and Alexis Sanchez, both of whom played integral roles in attack with Messi.
Martino added: "Neymar is an exceptional player. It has surprised us how hard he wants to work for the team.
"Alexis didn't score but he worked very hard today, both in defense and attack. He does things that few forwards do."
It had been claimed that Messi made a gesture to Martino when he was taken off but the forward was clearly enraged about these comments and explained on his Facebook page that the claims were false.
"I didn't make any gesture when Martino subbed me," Messi said.
"Nobody likes to be go off but we must accept it as it's the best for our team.
"I won't accept that certain media tell lies about everything that happens with me."
|Coach: G. Martino|
for J. Mascherano 35'
for Neymar 74'
for L. Messi 80'
|Ranieri delighted with narrow win|
|Colombia Primera A Wrap: Atletico Nacional win again|
|Uruguay Primera Division Wrap: Tight title race continues|
|Liga del Futbol Profesional Boliviano Wrap: Bolivar stay top|
|Chile Primera Division Wrap: Universidad Catolica claim top spot|
|Ecuador Primera A Wrap: Champions Emelec finish with a win|
|Copa del Rey Wrap: Osasuna, Espanyol claim comeback draws|
|Barkley can be England´s ´diamond´, says Martinez|
|Ligue 1 Wrap: Monaco into second with win, Lille beaten|
|Mazzarri adamant Inter were denied ´clear´ penalty|
|Brazil Serie A Wrap: Fluminense, Vasco relegated as violence mars final weekend|
|Serie A Wrap: Roma back on track, Inter held at home|
|Primeira Liga Wrap: Sporting move top, Olhanense lose again|
|Serie A: Inter 3 Parma 3|
|Peru Primera Division: Real Garcilaso 3 Universitario 2|
|Fan clashes mar Brazilian league fixture|
|Bundesliga Wrap: Wolfsburg win again, Hertha up to seventh|
|Wenger praises Everton performance|
|Martinez delighted with Everton display|
|Eredivisie Wrap: Feyenoord stay in touch with top three, Groningen lose at home|
|UEFA Champions League Preview: Benfica v Paris Saint-Germain|
|Premier League: Arsenal 1 Everton 1|
|UEFA Champions League Preview: Bayern Munich v Manchester City|
|Meulensteen confident over Berbatov future|
|Arsenal to face Tottenham in FA Cup third round|
|Lambert disappointed with refereeing decisions|
|Russian Premier League Wrap: Zenit back on top, Spartak close the gap|
|Leonardo: PSG tried to sign Ronaldo|
|Cocu defiant despite heavy PSV defeat|
|Premier League: Fulham 2 Aston Villa 0|
|Garcia delighted as Roma back on form|
|Paulinho hails Tottenham resilience|
|UEFA Champions League Preview: Manchester United v Shakhtar Donetsk|
|Hughes sees Stoke progression|
|Marcelo tips Kaka for FIFA World Cup recall|
|Pochettino sticks to attacking philosophy|
|Milner bemoans City travel sickness|
|Laudrup looking for striker boost|
|Juve will not miss Pirlo, says Mancini|
|Poyet has own goal concerns|
|Coloccini: We have learnt from our mistakes|
|Buffon fires Hart a World Cup warning|
|Hughton urges Hooper service|
|Hyypia hails ´important´ win over Dortmund|
|Clarke frustrated with penalty decision|
|Moyes confident in Manchester United squad|
|Mourinho: Chelsea are in trouble|
|Six arrested in new match-fixing probe|
|A-League: Melbourne Victory 1 Newcastle Jets 2|
|Allardyce furious with Nolan indiscipline|
|Keller: Korb deserved a red card|
|Balotelli still confident despite late miss|
|Benitez bemoans errors, Guidolin thrilled with draw|
|No worries for Madrid after Copa del Rey draw|
|Son expected goal and victory against Dortmund|
|Paraguay Division Profesional Wrap: Cerro Porteno finish Clausura unbeaten|
|MLS Cup: Sporting Kansas City 1 Real Salt Lake 1 (7-6 on pens)|
|Guardiola thrilled with Bayern´s complete performance|
|Garcia focused on attractive football, Roma´s fans - not Juve|
|Copa del Rey Wrap: Real held, holders Atletico all but through|
|Primeira Liga Wrap: Martinez sends Porto top, Estoril see off Pacos|
|Ligue 1 wrap: Five-star PSG back on track, Lorient march on|
|Eredivisie Wrap: Top three all win, RKC draw|
|Klopp confirms hospital visits for Bender, Sahin|
|Serie A Wrap: Napoli, Milan both held|
|Poyet disappointed by second-half performance|
|Bundesliga Wrap: Bayern, Leverkusen secure wins|
|Balotelli calls for better focus from Milan|
|Allegri blasts Milan after Livorno draw|
|Villas-Boas pleased with efficient Tottenham|
|Scottish Premiership Wrap: No winning start for Inverness boss, Dundee United go third|
|Blanc pleased with PSG response|
|Marseille sack Baup|
|Clarke rues missed chances in West Brom defeat|
|Premier League: Sunderland 1 Tottenham 2|
|Bundesliga: Borussia Dortmund 0 Bayer Leverkusen 1|
|Pulis predicts tricky December for Palace|
|Hughes praises Assiadi impact|
|Ribery glad to be back as Bayern run riot|
|Mackay rues Cardiff´s wastefulness|
|Pellegrini praises Southampton display|
|Chelsea lack killer instinct, Mourinho laments|
|Rodgers lauds prolific Suarez|
|Lallana: Southampton deserved to win|
|Ligue 1: Paris Saint-Germain 5 Sochaux 0|
|Football League Wrap: Notts County, Cheltenham Town clinch wins|
|Championship Wrap: Burnley go top, Derby win fifth in a row|
|Premier League: Liverpool 4 West Ham 1|
|Premier League: Crystal Palace 2 Cardiff City 0|
|Premier League: Stoke City 3 Chelsea 2|
|Premier League: Southampton 1 Manchester City 1|
|Bundesliga: Werder Bremen 0 Bayern Munich 7|
|Moyes confident on United prospects|
|Pardew: Old Trafford win among the best of my Newcastle career|
|FIFA announce World Cup fixture changes|
|Premier League: Manchester United 0 Newcastle United 1|
|Escriba plays down Elche hopes|
|Lambert wary of Meulensteen effect|
|A-League Wrap: Kewell´s Heart held, Mariners down Sydney|
|J.League Wrap: Sanfrecce defend title, Marinos beaten|
|Courbis set for Montpellier job|
|Rosler appointed Wigan manager|
|Poyet: Uruguay will beat England|
|Ferdinand unsure over Moyes´ late selection tactic|
|Win shows squad depth, says Conte|
|Blanc denies PSG defeat was inevitable|
|Barcelona ´obliged to win´, says Martino|
|Unbeaten Bayern streak doesn´t faze Guardiola|
|Gilardino Toronto-bound as Italian MLS legion grows|
|Manaus stadium built for the heat, says sports secretary|
|Valcke: USA, England in tough groups|
|Ranieri admires lowly Ajaccio|
|Copa del Rey Wrap: Barcelona arrest deficit to beat third-tier Cartagena|
|Wenger dismisses complacency fears|