Madrid claimed last season's title with an impressive run of results in the last 11 games of the season and with coach Zidane Zidane's options improved by returning loanees Martin Odegaard and Alvaro Odriozola (and perhaps Sergio Reguilon), he maintains a balanced squad, despite the likely departure of Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez's move to England, neither of whom contributed much to their title win.
"This is the first formal game since the pandemic, to me, it is a test which will provide a reference for my following winter training." Enditem
Along the Qiantang river, a butterfly is fluttering over a lotus - that is the view formed by the Natatorium of the Hangzhou Olympic & Expo City standing a stone's throw from the main stadium for the 2022 Asian Games.
ZHENGZHOU, China, Sept. 11 (Xinhua) -- China Super League (CSL) side Henan Jianye has signed Spaniard Javier Pereira as head coach, the club said on Friday.
Chongqing pocketed two wins consecutively to rank six in the league, only two points clear of Hebei in the Suzhou division.
Meanwhile, playing in front of empty stands (for the opening months of the campaign at least) once again promises to make a mockery of home advantage and make games much harder to predict.
In June last year, Semenya and Athletics South Africa filed with CAS after the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) said it would introduce new regulations set to limit testosterone in athletics with "differences of sex development."
The 30-year-old Taylor, who produced a world-leading mark of 17.46 meters to win in Ostrava on Tuesday, failed to find his best form this time, as he only managed a best of 16.53m with his final effort of the night.
The fact that those results can be seen as positive shows how far United have fallen since their glory days but the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax should add further depth and control to Solskjaer's midfield, while Mason Greenwood's rapid progress alongside Anthony Martial and Marcos Rashford in attack, means they will be tough to defend against even if doubts remain about United's own back line.
Nathan Ake has been brought in to give more options at the back, but Guardiola's plans have been somewhat frustrated by new Spain international Eric Garcia's refusal to sign a new contract, and he could be Barcelona bound, while John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi are not reliable enough over a long season.
But in the third and fourth sets, Zverev's play became sloppy while Thiem started to gain momentum and applied more pressure to Zverev's serve. The Austrian star finally got back into the match after taking the two sets and evened the gap.