Live Barcelona Blog: Gerard Pique gives his thoughts ahead of Spanish Super Cup final

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Good morning Blaugrana fans! The Sport360 team is here bringing you the latest news from the Camp Nou.

This evening, Barcelona face Sevilla in the one-legged Spanish Super Cup final (12am UAE time) at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangier, Morocco.

The fixture gives Ernesto Valverde’s men one more preparation match ahead of the new season and their La Liga home clash with Alaves next Sunday.

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4:44pm – Gerard Pique gives his thoughts ahead of Spanish Super Cup final

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Africa may be unfamiliar surroundings for Barcelona – but they will glimpse the familiar sight of silverware should everything go according to plan against Sevilla.

Barca defender Gerard Pique has been giving his thoughts ahead of the Spanish Super Cup final in Morocco on Sunday night.

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1:30pm – Sevilla threaten to pull out of Spanish Super Cup final

Lionel Messi holds off Clement Lenglet of Sevilla, who joined Barcelona this summer.

Lionel Messi holds off Clement Lenglet of Sevilla, who joined Barcelona this summer.

Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final may not go ahead after Sevilla threatened to pull out of the match if Barcelona field more than three non-EU players.

The Spanish football federation had placed no restrictions on the use of players from outside the EU for the fixture, which is different to La Liga, in which teams are only allowed to include three per squad.

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11:28am – Barcelona prop up International Champions Cup table

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Barcelona have propped up this year’s International Champions Cup table after a series of high-profile friendlies this summer between 18 of the biggest clubs in Europe.

Read more here.

10:57am – Barcelona would reportedly listen to offers for Ousmane Dembele

Could Kylian Mbappe be playing alongside Ousmane Dembele for both club and country?

Could Kylian Mbappe soon be playing alongside Ousmane Dembele for both club and country?

Paris Saint-Germain’s ‘repeated’ interest in Ousmane Dembele means Barcelona could consider selling the French winger before the end of August.

Barca are reportedly ready to consider selling Dembele to PSG or any other club if the right offer comes in.

Read more here.

9:57am – Full-strength Barcelona squad travel to Morocco

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Africa may be unfamiliar surroundings for Barcelona – but they will glimpse the familiar sight of silverware should everything go according to plan against Sevilla on Sunday night.

Barca officially kick off their domestic season in Tangier, Morocco, where they face Sevilla in the Supercopa de Espana.

The Blaugrana thrashed the Andalusians 5-0 when they met in the Copa del Rey final last season but Gerard Pique is not about to underestimate them – while Sevilla coach Pablo Machin insists any thoughts of revenge won’t help his side.

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Sevilla threaten to pull out of Spanish Super Cup clash with Barcelona

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Barcelona pictured in training ahead of the match in Morocco.

Sunday’s Spanish Super Cup final may not go ahead after Sevilla threatened to pull out of the match if Barcelona field more than three non-EU players.

The Spanish football federation had placed no restrictions on the use of players from outside the EU for the fixture, which is different to La Liga, in which teams are only allowed to include three per squad.

The Blaugrana’s trio of new signings: Malcom, Arturo Vidal and Arthur – three non-EU players – are likely to feature in the final, changed to a single match rather than a two-legged affair as in previous years, while defender Marlon has also travelled to Tangier, Morocco.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho is a non-EU star, too, however, he has reportedly acquired a passport through his wife this summer.

Given that all these names could play, that has led to Sevilla threatening to withdraw from the showpiece.

The Andalusia club issued a statement, saying: “Sevilla FC is surprised by the RFEF’s announcement 24 hours before the Super Cup.

“It has said that as many non-EU players as desired can be registered. In their last statement for the 2018/2019 season, only three were due to be allowed, without exception.

“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 possible ground for withdrawal due to an improper line-up.”

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