"Those are decisions for the club and the player, but as you have seen I am going to count on him. He hasn't played at the start because there are others and Ansu (Fati) has shown he is very good for the team," explained the Barca boss. Enditem
"Our most urgent task is to give the team a sense of achievement again as quickly as possible. I am convinced of the quality of our squad," said Baum.
Wang Yuanyuan (L) of Tianjin spikes the ball during the Group A match between Tianjin and Beijing at the 2020 Chinese Women's Volleyball Championship in Jiangmen, South China's Guangdong Province, Sept. 27, 2020. (Xinhua/Qin Lang)
Omar Al Soma (L) of Al Ahli Saudi FC vies with Abdullah Madu of Al Nassr during the AFC Champions League quarter-final match between Al Ahli Saudi FC and Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 30, 2020. Al Nassr won 2-0. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
The former world No. 1 is set to face a tougher challenge in the second round against 2017 champion Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, who knocked out American Madison Brengle 6-2, 6-1.
Wang Lili contributed a game-high 22 points. Han pocketed 16 points and nine rebounds. Wang Siyu and Liu each bagged 13.
The race was suspended on lap 8 of 30 following a crash involving Luca Ghiotto and Jack Aitken, who tangled and span into the barriers at high speed.
The Nerazzurri made a dream start just 28 seconds into the game, as Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock from Achraf Hakimi's assist.
In the women's elite race, former world half-marathon record holder and winner of the 2019 New York Marathon winner Joyciline Jepkosgei will spearhead the event.
In Wednesday's other quarterfinals, Jiangsu smashed Sichuan 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-20), Tianjin crushed Zhejiang 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-22), and Shandong beat Fujian 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-19). Enditem
Naldo recently spoke about the team's leadership problem. "I didn't see a Schalke team on the pitch as we know it. It needs someone making the decisions and pointing the way for the others to follow," the former central defender commented.