Maracana SA chief executive Severiano Braga said one section of the pitch had already been replaced with positive results.
"I intend to prove my qualities to my critics. This attitude helps me at Schalke get over tough times with my team," the 2015 Belgian champion said.
The decisive point will be if the reluctant Swiss can set his bunch of youngsters on fire and at the same time close doors at the back.
The region's premier club tournament, the Copa Libertadores, was due to resume on Tuesday, having been suspended in mid-March.
Only Dortmund can spoil Bayern's plans, assumes Lothar Matthaeus. But the German record international quickly added a big if: "If Bayern makes major mistakes."
Dortmund broke the deadlock courtesy of two 17-year-old youngsters, as new arrival Jude Bellingham passed into the path of Giovanni Reyna, who drilled the ball right-footed into the far corner in the 35th minute.
In Saturday's early kick-off, Arsenal brushed past newly-promoted Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage, with new signings Gabriel and Willian both impressing.
LONDON, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's Xiao Guodong eased into the second stage of the Snooker Championship League after claiming two victories and one draw on Friday.
Kike Gonzalez put Eibar ahead in the 50th minute, but two goals in an eight-minute spell on 62 and 70 minutes from Gerard Moreno and Paco Alcacer gave Unai Emery his first triumph at the club and also highlighted the attacking talent at his disposal.
A miracle happened in the last minute, after Beijing goalkeeper Guo Quanbo's defense from the back of Marcos Vinicius Amaral Alves gifted him a penalty after the referee checked the VAR, helping Hebei find the equalizer. Enditem
LONDON, Sept. 19 (Xinhua) -- Manchester United suffered a 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace in first Premier League match this season, with Old Trafford old boy Wilfried Zaha scoring twice against his former club.