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The Italian brushed off suggestions that the Blaugrana's cycle has peaked, claiming that while Messi, Xavi and Iniesta remain at Camp Nou, they will always be the team to beat

Paris Saint-Germain coach Carlo Ancelotti insists Barcelona will come back stronger than ever after a 2011-12 campaign that looks set to end in disappointment for the Catalan giants.

The Blaugrana all but surrendered the Primera Division title to Real Madrid last weekend and were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea on Tuesday, leading some critics to claim that their dominance under Pep Guardiola is coming to an end.

However, Ancelotti has laughed off such suggestions, stating that Barca have enough talent in their ranks to continue to challenge on all fronts for the foreseeable future.

"Until Messi, Xavi, [Andres] Iniesta and Co. depart, how can you say that their time is over," Ancelotti told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"Barcelona are not finished. Indeed, they will only come back stronger than ever.

"They say Messi is out of form because of a penalty miss, but it is naive to criticise Messi, who is the best player in the world.

"Guardiola is great, he has won everything and entertained the world with his football philosophy.

"Why should he change? It is easy to do certain things in hindsight.

"Maybe they are a bit tired. You must consider the increased strength of their opponents. Real Madrid were more continuous and more concrete this season in La Liga, and they deserved to win at Camp Nou."

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