Samaria said the players' fitness is not a cause for concern, as most of the players have been working out throughout the pandemic to ensure their fitness level.
About 10 minutes later, Chongqing enlarged the lead as Brazilian forward Fernandinho Silva cut in from the left, assisting his fellow peer Alan Kardec to make it 2-0 in the first half.
Things haven't improved at all after Wagner failed to win one of last season's final 16 games. They also suffered a devastating start to the current campaign after being thrashed 8-0 by 2020 treble winner Bayern Munich.
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 33-year-old leaves as the third highest scorer in Barcelona's history with 198 goals, but was not wanted by new Barca coach Ronald Koeman, while the club was also looking to lower its wage bill.
Oliver Glasner's men will encounter AEK Athens in an all-or-nothing game to battle for an Europa League place on October 1. Enditem
RIO DE JANEIRO, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- A stoppage-time goal from substitute Aldemir Ferreira earned Gremio a 1-1 home draw with Palmeiras in Brazil's Serie A championship on Sunday.
MADRID, Sept 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese owned La Liga outfit Granada look to keep their dreams of qualifying for the group stage of the Europa League alive on Thursday when they entertain Lokomotiv Tiflis in the third qualifying round of the competition.
Guangzhou still ranks first in the group, and will take on Dalian Pro in the group's last round.
The top four finishers of each group will form a new group, to be based in Suzhou, to fight for the first to eighth positions of the season in the second phase, which will be held between October 16 to December 12.
Di Maria turned provider in the second half as his free-kick set up for Marquinhos's header to seal the game 3-0.