"It took a lot of mind setting to keep being motivated this year because so many people are staying at home but you have to stay motivated. I pushed myself, I had the right staff with me, the right coach," he said. "I'm also usually based in Europe, but being based in Uganda with my family was actually great."
Though several drivers were critical of the manner in which Bottas had led the restart, race stewards took no action against the Finn, who lined up for the race's second standing start on lap 9 from pole position.
Besides Loe, two non-Chinese players, Nigerian striker Kingsley Onuegbu and Cameroon international Robert Ndip Tambe, have joined the second-tier club in northwest China's Shaanxi province.
On Saturday, SC Heerenveen defeated Willem II 2-0 through goals by Lucas Woudenberg and Pawel Bochniewicz. Steven Berghuis led Feyenoord to a 2-0 win at PEC Zwolle with a brace. FC Twente started with a 2-0 home win over Fortuna Sittard. Enditem
Tuchel's side dominated possession, 78.1% to Lens' 21.9%, but failed to create good chances as they recorded just one shot on target during the game.
The 21-year-old suffered a severe injury in the Shanghai Diamond League two years ago where he registered a personal best of 8.43 meters to finish second but went hospital after injuring his left foot. He underwent surgeries on the foot and spent more than six months in rehabilitation.
In a women's doubles semifinal, China's Xu Yifan teamed up with American Nicole Melichar to edge past Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend of the United States in three sets to reach the final. They will meet the unseeded pairing of Laura Siegemund of Germany and Vera Zvonareva of Russia in the final. Enditem
Meanwhile, playing in front of empty stands (for the opening months of the campaign at least) once again promises to make a mockery of home advantage and make games much harder to predict.
With the match in Los Carmenes rescheduled for 18:30 local time on Saturday, it now falls to Eibar and Celta Vigo to kick off the new season.
In the second set, Siegemund/Zvonareva broke the first service game of their opponents to take an early 2-0 lead. After that, they never looked back. Enditem
The fact that those results can be seen as positive shows how far United have fallen since their glory days but the arrival of Donny van de Beek from Ajax should add further depth and control to Solskjaer's midfield, while Mason Greenwood's rapid progress alongside Anthony Martial and Marcos Rashford in attack, means they will be tough to defend against even if doubts remain about United's own back line.