"I knew to keep calm and wait for the right gap to open - and it did, quite late."
He described Jorge Jesus, who left Flamengo in July to take charge of Benfica, as one of the world's best managers despite revealing that he did not always see eye to eye with the Portuguese.
Defending champions Qingdao showed dominance from the very beginning of the semifinals against Xiamen Tefang as Zheng Siwei/Huang Dongping swept Shang Yichen/Yan Chenxue 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 in the opening mixed doubles.
"Icardi, Marquinhos and Mbappe are absentees. All the others are in the squad," Tuchel said in a pre-match conference on Saturday before the challenge against last year's Ligue 1 runners-up.
"In the end all I focus on is what I can control on the tennis court. That's what I did in 2018 final. I feel like that's what I did this time," said the 22-year-old Osaka, who defeated Serena Williams of the United States to win the 2018 title.
The announcement came a day after a 2-0 home loss to Palmeiras, a result that left Corinthians 13th in the 20-team standings with just two wins from eight matches.
In an earlier match on Monday, Xiamen Tefang beat Hunan Hualai 3-1 to win the bronze medal.
Chang'an Athletic is in Group B with Meizhou Kejia, Guizhou Hengfeng, Zhejiang Greentown, Liaoning Shenyang and Jiangxi Liansheng. All the Group B matches will be played in Meizhou, Guangdong province.
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Osasuna were rocked on Wednesday with the news that key striker Chimy Avila tore his cruciate knee ligaments in training and he could miss most of the season.
It was the debut for Bratislava's new coach Darko Milanic who just signed with the team on Monday.