Meanwhile Atletico fans will want to see more from record signing Joao Tomas after the youngster showed signs of his undoubtable talent in his debut season in Spain. Simeone will not need the Portuguese to start leading the Atletico attack, rather than playing an attractive bit-part.
"This victory is very important to me - I've worked so hard to get this win," said the 27-year-old Kazakh.
Under CONCACAF's qualifying format, the winners of each of the six first-round groups will play a two-legged knockout tie for a place in the last phase. Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras have already secured a place in the final round by virtue of their rankings.
The German coach announced he is taking the clubs' challenges into account but, at the same time, will stick to the national team's rejuvenation process, including having to re-structure his defense.
Jia Yifan/Du Yue stormed to a 11-7, 11-2, 11-4 victory in the women's doubles before Chen Yufei overcame He Bingjiao 11-6, 12-10, 10-12, 11-6 in the women's singles, taking the first two points for Qingdao.
Despite foreseeable setbacks, Loew is going to stick to his plan, Kroos underlined. The German intends to give space for promising youngsters such as the new Chelsea arrivals Kai Havertz and Timo Werner.
Atletico's finish to the season even gave hope that they could take advantage of the changed format for the last eight of the Champions League and secure a title that has so far evaded them, but German side RB Leipzig put paid to that optimism at the first hurdle in which Atletico showed many of their usual flaws and few of their virtues.
Only a couple of hours before the race started on Tuesday, the Tour organizers announced that all the riders' tests returned negative but race director Christian Prudhomme tested positive along with four staff members from four different teams.
"The sport venues are almost completely finished. All the constructions are on time. The financing for these Games, and especially the private contributions from the Chinese business players, has been unprecedented," he said.
BEIJING, Sept. 6 (Xinhua) -- The updated emblem for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games was released on Saturday to match the new Paralympic symbol that was refreshed in October 2019.
"I think lots of people didn't think it was possible to throw a javelin more than 95 meters in a closed stadium. I did it and I think there is a lot space for improvement. Very small differences, tiny differences, can make a difference of many meters."