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Messi gunning for Iniesta's title record in Spanish Super Cup

Messi gunning for Iniesta's title record in Spanish Super Cup

The two clubs are scheduled to play on Sunday night in Tangier, Morocco (3:30 p.m. ET, ESPNEWS and ESPN Deportes), and the Spanish football federation (RFEF) announced one day before the game that the match would have no squad restrictions concerning the use of non-EU players.

According to the rule governing the game in Spain, only three non-EU players are allowed in each La Liga matchday squad.

"Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF's announcement 24 hours before the Super Cup", Sevilla said in a statement.

Messi replaced the departed Andres Iniesta as Barcelona's first-choice skipper, and is named in a front three alongside Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele for tonight's match in Morocco.

The unexpected ruling means Barcelona's decision to bring three of their four summer signings - all non-EU players - as well as Brazilian defender Marlon to Africa is permitted.

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Philippe Coutinho has recently acquired a Portuguese passport through his wife, which means he is no longer considered a non-EU player.

Barcelona won both competitions last season so have been pitted against last season's cup runners-up this weekend.

With former captains Xavi and Iniesta, the architects of Barça's tiki-taka years of domestic and European hegemony, now departed Messi will be the undisputed leader of the side in 2018-19 as Valverde seeks to build on last season's domestic double by regaining the Champions League crown from Real Madrid.

"The club's legal department is studying the matter and should FC Barcelona line up with more than three non-EU players, it would present a possible ground for filing a complaint due to an improper line-up".

"As for the Supercopa not being a professional competition, I do not know what to tell you", he said.


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