Leo Messi will also be in the spotlight after a summer in which he asked to leave the Camp Nou, while the pressure will also be ramped up on Antoine Griezmann and Philippe Coutinho, who has returned following his loan to Bayern Munich.
Given the atmosphere currently surrounding the Camp Nou, Koeman needs to start with a win, because if not things are not going to get any easier. Enditem
The 16-team CSL was split into two groups, with each group of eight teams based respectively in Dalian and Suzhou. Both groups will play 14 rounds in the first phase, which is to end next Monday.
"It will be strange to see you in another shirt and even stranger to come up against you on the pitch... I had already begun to imagine it but today I went into the dressing room and it truly dawned on me. It's going to be so difficult not to continue to share every day with you both on the pitch and away from it," the Argentinean wrote.
In Group D, Al Sadd SC tied Al Nassr 1-1 and both made it to the Round of 16 after Sepahan settled for a 0-0 draw with Al Ain in Monday's late match. Enditem
Bosnia and Herzegovina's Dejan Mileusnic, the 2016 Balkan champion, finished third with 79.57m. Enditem
In the second half, veteran Cao Yunding left the pitch after he got a thigh strain while running fast.
"The 'Tokyo Model' will not only deliver a Games fit for a post-corona world, but it will also become a blueprint that will benefit future Organising Committees for many years to come," the Australian said.
JERUSALEM, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Israeli champions Maccabi Tel Aviv lost 2-1 at home to Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg at home on Tuesday, in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League's playoffs.
"But I don't think we played confidently enough in today and yesterday's matches. I think we can do better as the championship moves on," Zhang added.
Beer Sheva scored their first goal in the 43rd minute, with Portuguese defender Miguel Vitor heading home from compatriot Josue's accurate pass.