When winning his fourth trophy, the game against the Spaniards delivered convincing arguments to back his demand for new signings to make his squad strong enough to defend as many of the trophies as possible.
But the draw was enough for Saint-Etienne to top the standings on goal difference over second-placed Rennes.
"We are now more than halfway through our journey but face an uphill battle ahead," the vice president and secretary-general of the Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee told Xinhua in an exclusive interview.
BERLIN, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Goals from Joshua Guilavogui and Daniel Ginczek helped Wolfsburg to beat resilient Ukrainian outfit Desna 2-0 in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round on Thursday.
Villarreal kicked off the season with a win and a draw, but strikers Gerard Moreno and former Barca frontman, Paco Alcacer have already shown they can trouble and defense in La Liga.
BERLIN, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Goals from Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen and Amadou Haidara helped Leipzig make a winning start after beating Mainz 3-1 in the opening round of Bundesliga on Sunday.
However, Yu couldn't advance to the final as he failed to make the top eight in the physical tests held from September 22 to 23, according to the new rule of the championships.
Djokovic beat Norway's Casper Ruud 7-5, 6-3. The Serb will face eight-seeded Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the men's final.
Matthew Wolff of the United States came second at even par and South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen was third on 282.
MADRID, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid began the defense of their La Liga title with a 0-0 draw away to Real Sociedad on Sunday night in a game they controlled for long stretches but created few clear-cut chances.
The first half saw Granada in complete control of the game, although the visitors defended stoutly. When the home side had a sniff of goal, it was kept at bay by young goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili.