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Swansea manager Michael Laudrup believes Barcelona's Champions League exit proves they are reliant on the talents of Lionel Messi.

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Lionel Messi: Sat on bench as Barcelona crashed out to Bayern

Lionel Messi: Sat on bench as Barcelona crashed out to Bayern

Messi had struggled for fitness in the build-up and was an unused substitute at the Nou Camp for the 3-0 second-leg defeat to Bayern Munich, which sealed a crushing 7-0 aggregate loss.

Laudrup graced the Nou Camp as a player between 1989 and 1994, winning the European Cup in 1992, and feels the Catalan club have become too dependent on the Argentina forward.

"When they saw Messi was on the bench nobody thought it was possible to see a comeback (after a 4-0 first-leg defeat)," the Dane said.

"They have a great team but it's a little bit worrying that everything is related to the ability of Messi. Even if he is the best player in the world, it can be a problem."

Bayern advanced to a Wembley final against Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund, who saw off Real Madrid in the other semi-final, but Laudrup thinks it is too early to suggest the German teams' success heralds a new era for European club football.

He added: "I know this is the year of the German sides and there are a lot of questions.

"Is it the end of Spanish football dominating? Are English sides struggling? We have to look to next year for the answers.

"If Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are in the final in 12 months' time and there are no English sides in the quarter-finals then we might have a new trend."

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nd we always will love Ozil. I don't really mind if no other team can see just how brilliant he is, or if people think he is rubbish, because we know he is far from it. He is a fantastic player, and if people cannot see that it can only be a good thing, in that he will be at Arsenal for years to come, pulling the strings from behind a glass veil.

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like the list and Ozil in particular does seem under appreciated when you look at his stats (an odd thing considering his fee or maybe because of it). Palace have a few and I've always thought Dwight Gayle at Palace was under rated, certainly when you look at his goals per game ratio. You can probably also add Ryan Bertrand at Saints who should be in the England team in my view.

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ew Shaun Wright Phillips, there I've said it. If any club offers stupid money we'd be stupid to say no, he's not a potential worldie by any stretch and I feel that after a few years warming the bench at city or Chelsea he'll be back at QPR smoking sheesha pipes under Harry Redknapp.

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