Zidane was without Marco Asensio, Isco and Eden Hazard against Real Sociedad, and if fit, that trio would give him more attacking options. Both Hazard and Asensio began training with the group towards the end of the week, and though neither is likely to be fit enough to start, they could take up a place on the bench.
The league debut comes after another difficult week, which followed a complicated summer in the wake of Barca's 8-2 thrashing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League. That defeat saw Quique Setien sacked as coach and replaced by Koeman and led to a clear out of the dressing room, which has so far seen Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arthur Melo, Nelson Semedo and Luis Suarez all leave the club.
The testing of players is mandatory in the Premier Leauge but not in the English Football League which includes Championship, League One and League Two.
Tianjin dominated the match with strong attacks from Chinese national team players Li Yingying and Wang Yuanyuan, while Hebei hardly created a threat in the first set.
The second half seemed to end in a draw, especially when both sides nearly ran out of stamina with more mistakes. Thanks to defender Ding Haifeng's accurate pass, Markao made a final hit for the Hebei side with a powerful header in the 91st minute. Enditem
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- With a hat-trick from Polish midfielder Adrian Mierzejewski, Chongqing Lifan cruised into the championship race after a 4-1 victory over Shijiazhuang Ever Bright in the 13th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Friday.
Shanghai scored seven points in a row and led at 8-3 in the second set before Jiangsu fought back. After both sides changed leads several times, Zhang made two kills to initiate a 7-0 run helping Jiangsu take the set.
Only four minutes into the second half, Sharjah displayed their counter attacking skills as Welliton beat the last defender and found the net with his left.
The striker Mehdi Ghaedi and the midfielder Ali Karimi gave a 2-0 lead for the Iranian side in the first half. Cheick Diabate scored the third goal with a header in the 54th minute.
After losing a goal, Wuhan dominated goal possession for a long time but failed to convert. In the second half, Wuhan brought on five substitutes but showed little efficiency in its attacks. In the 86th minute, Marcao extended the lead for Hebei and nailed the game 2-0.
According to Italian media outlets, Vidal has signed a two-year contract with the Nerazzurri including an option for a third year. Enditem