Italy experimented with their starting line-up ahead of the Nations League, as coach Roberto Mancini opted for three Sassuolo players, including Ciccio Caputo, who made his senior Italy debut.
"I enjoyed that two weeks because I never had a such relaxed time since I began to learn golf."
Shanghai left Dongguan with no chance from start to finish, leading seven points at halftime, and managed to maintain its double-digit lead for the most of the second half. Center Zhang Zhiting scored 17 points off the bench. Huang Jing contributed 16 points.
Sacking Loew before the Euro tournament next summer seems not an option as the coach's efforts are jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, the outcome of the Nations League campaign and the 2021 tournament might deliver answers about Loew's future. Enditem
Although Valencia have had a reasonably bright start to the campaign with two wins, two defeats and a draw to kick off the season, their 2-0 home defeat to Betis last Saturday highlighted the club's shortcomings.
"It was the first game. We have to keep working and aspiring because we've only taken one small step," he added. Enditem
Players and clubs have to deal with a growing number of games, leaving no space for recovery and developing training sessions.
"This is team spirit, solidarity, team football. Everyone has the responsibility to try to win the ball from the opponent and everyone has the condition to create. Sometimes he [Neymar] doesn't score but he provides assists. Football is a team sport. The important thing is that he played a great game."
"I hope more and more young people, especially girls, will fall in love with football and seek a beautiful life through me sharing my story online," Wang told Xinhua.
Butler finished with 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists for the Heat, while Duncan Robinson added 26 points on 7-for-13 3-point shooting.
Du, who is also deputy minister of China's State General Administration of Sport, noted that the goal of the tournament is to promote the development of youth football in China.