Nobody will doubt Messi's commitment on the pitch, however, and he will again lead the side this Sunday in an attack which will probably also see Antoine Griezmann, who now has more responsibility following Suarez's departure, and Ansu Fati, who was virtually the only good news to come out of last season.
Flick claims he can't secure a successful season with Leroy Sane (Citizens) and Tanguy Nianzou (Paris) as the club is facing the German Supercup final against Dortmund, a possible FIFA club World-Championship in addition to its national campaigns.
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.
Spain's 12-time French Open winner Nadal, who is bidding for a record-equaling 20th Grand Slam, will play world No. 83 Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in the first round.
Atletico got a huge boost with Suarez's arrival this week, but the Uruguayan won't be fit to start on Sunday, while Alvaro Morata has now left to join Juventus.
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.
Optimism never seems to dry out for the Royal Blues, not even now, as many expect the club to react as they always do by sacking their coach and prepare to welcome coach number 11 since 2009. Enditem
In Sunday's only other fixture, Vasco da Gama missed the chance to stay in touch with leaders Atletico Mineiro after a 1-0 defeat at Coritiba. Robson Fernandes struck the winner from the penalty spot in the 90th minute.
But these are just one-quarter of over 200 simplification measures to be talked about and more challenges are lying ahead of the IOC and Olympics organizers.
Muto said that they have not reached any conclusion on any of the countermeasures and will "continue the discussion." Enditem
Bale's relationship with Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane also deteriorated badly in recent months and he hardly played in the last 11 games of last season as Real claimed the La Liga title.