Guangzhou Evergrande are chasing their ninth CSL title having dropped just eight points. But Fabio Cannavaro's side still have problems to solve on the defensive end, where ageing full-backs Li Xuepeng and Zhang Linpeng have raised questions whether they can stay healthy and consistent throughout the next stage.
"I really wanted to give an effort here. It's my Achilles that didn't have enough to properly heal after the Open. I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long-term in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don't think I could," said the three-time Roland Garros winner.
BERLIN, Sept. 30 (Xinhua) -- Struggling Schalke 04 is pinning its hopes on the shoulders of a coaching duo to lead the club out of a massive crisis.
Newly-crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem extended his winning streak to nine matches as the 2018 and 2019 Roland Garros finalist saw off American qualifier Jack Sock 6-1, 6-3, 7-6 (6) in two hours and 22 minutes.
One of the reasons SIPG are considered a title contender is Oscar continuing his red-hot form on the pitch. The key man for the Shanghai side contributed five goals and eight assists in the first stage. But an overreliance on the Brazilian could be costly if he loses form or picks up an injury.
The hosts dominated early as Jorge Recalde scored either side of a Carlos Sanchez penalty at the Manuel Ferreira stadium in Paraguayan capital Asuncion.
Coppa Italia holder Napoli trashed Genoa 6-0, with Chucky Lozano scoring a brace, but captain Lorenzo Insigne limped off with injury.
Nadal powered to sweep 11 straight games from a 1-1 tie in the first set, which ended when the 19-time Grand Slam champion forced McDonald to come to the net with a dropshot and then fired a forehand cross-court winner.
All 12 Shanghai players in the match list made the scoreboard, with Zhang Zhiting and Li Yingyun scoring 15 and 10 points respectively.
"We heated up quickly into the game, but failed to do enough on defence and rebounds," said Han.
Francisco Trincao, Miralem Pjanic and Pedri will all have to wait their turn on the bench, while whether or not Dembele is included will give an indication over the French international's future.