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.
Real Madrid controlled most of the ball in its league debut away to Real Sociedad a week ago, but failed to create enough chances to win the game, raising questions about what was also the club's main problem last season.
Sevilla did create a great chance to score later, but Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer managed to keep the scores level to send the match into extra-time.
"We have two more matches to play in the first phase. We will try our best to rank first in our division," said Wang Shenchao. Enditem
BERLIN, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Urgent tasks are seemingly never ending at the moment for Hansi Flick. Ahead of the UEFA Supercup final against Sevilla this Thursday evening, the 2020 treble-winning coach has a multitude of challenging tasks to address.
Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner had to be on guard to defuse Dani Olmo's effort in the 4th minute before Marcel Halstenberg headed just wide from a promising position four minutes later.
"We will be announcing a new rival on the same date as soon as possible," the entity said in a separate statement.
SUZHOU, China, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- With a wonder goal from Marcelo Cirino, Chongqing Lifan beat Wuhan Zall 1-0 in the 12th round of the Chinese Super League (CSL) here on Tuesday.
BOGOTA, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- Everton midfielder James Rodriguez and Galatasaray striker Radamel Falcao are poised to return to Colombia's national team for FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Venezuela and Chile next month, head coach Carlos Queiroz said on Friday.
MADRID, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) -- Real Madrid kicked off their title defense with a draw away to Real Sociedad this weekend, while Villarreal showed their firepower and Granada ended a perfect week. Here are some things we learned during Matchday 2 in La Liga.
Ferreira, who replaced former Real Madrid midfielder Lucas Silva just after the hour mark, struck in the 92nd minute with a glancing header after an Alisson de Freitas corner.