Laudrup: Barcelona rely on Messi
By Owen McMahon
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup believes that Barcelona's Champions League exit proves that they are too reliant on star player Lionel Messi.
Barcelona were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday night following a 3-0 thrashing at the Nou Camp. (7-0 aggregate).
Over both the legs, Barcelona were dominated by the German outfit, showing a whole different side from their eye-catching style of play. During the first tie, an unfit Messi was almost non-existent, resulting in a 4-0 defeat away from home.
In the second leg, Messi was excluded from the game, and Barcelona did not perform once again.
Laudrup has before graced the wonderful stadium that is the Nou Camp as a player between 1989-1994, and says that the Catalans have become too reliant on the Argentine.
"When they saw Messi on the bench nobody thought it was possible to see a comeback." Said the Danish manager.
"They have a great team but it is a 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."
Laudrup also commented on the rise of German football, after both Bayern Munich and Borussia dortmund knocked out Spanish teams Barcelona and Real Madrid.
"Is it the end of Spanish football dominating? Are English sides struggling? We will 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."