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.
Xinjiang bowed out from the semifinals last season due to frail backcourt rotation. Both Yu and Wu will be expected to provide leadership and make up Xinjiang's outside defense.
"I'm so proud of Nicole and I, we've really worked very hard every day," said Xu, after the pair reached their second final in the last three weeks at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.
"This sport is very entertaining," said Lu. "I hope more and more people can enjoy it." Enditem
However, any concerns over a processional race were dispelled in a surreal opening few laps.
Jena grew into the game as the clock ticked and created a chance of their own with 21 minutes gone as Maximilian Oesterhelweg tested Bremen's goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka.
"It was a very good match, very good competing, as well. In the third and fourth sets, I just felt like he also raised his level," Coric said. "He was playing some really, really good tennis, because I thought I was not actually playing bad. I just thought he was too good in the third and in the fourth sets."
Qingdao's winning momentum continued in the 14th round on Friday as the Shandong club edged defending champion Zhejiang Nengyuan 3-2.
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- Head coach of Brazil's women's volleyball team Jose Roberto Guimaraes said that the Volley Nations League in 2021 is an opportunity to test his team.
"From the perspective of a 90-minute game, it is reasonable for Guoan to seal the victory. I still want to praise all the team members because they showed high morale on the pitch," said Teda head coach Wang Baoshan.
Qingdao pulled one back in the 85th minute with an overhead kick from French midfielder Romain Alessandrini.