Since the start of the summer transfer window, the London club have added the German duo Werner and Havertz, Morocco's Hakim Ziyech, England's Ben Chilwell and Brazilian veteran Thiago Silva to their squad. Enditem
"Living and training here every day, shut out from the outside world, the athletes were in low spirits. There was also a potential crisis because it was hard for them to fully mobilize themselves, so their training efficiency and their self-discipline were affected," he said, adding that public attention might help top athletes keep their motivation up.
Messi's father Jorge flew into Barcelona on Wednesday to meet with Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu, but that meeting failed to see the two parties move closer to an agreement, raising the possibility of a court case - something Messi insisted he wanted to avoid.
Indeed the worry for some must be that last season saw the beginning of diminishing returns for Simeone and although he has always been able to maintain his team looking refreshed and motivated, 2020-21 might just be a season too far for Simeone's defensive style unless he is willing to be more proactive in attack. Enditem
In other matches on Sunday, Atletico Mineiro won 1-0 at Coritiba, Sport Recife beat Goias 2-1 at home, Gremio drew 1-1 at Atletico Goianiense, Vasco da Gama secured a 1-0 win at home to Athletico Paranaense and Palmeiras won 2-1 at Bragantino. Enditem
Thursday saw some rumors in the press that the player was considering a U-turn to see out the remaining year of his contract, but Jorge Messi's communique implies there is no climb-down from the family.
The academy, named after one of the country's most famous coaches, is solely responsible for the highest available coaching license.
"In the end I did my thing and tried to stay with the best guys, and here we are," said the Mitchelton-Scott rider.
Also on Thursday, former Italian international Eder scored the winner to help Jiangsu Suning beat Shangdong Luneng 1-0.
Zhou Junchen (C) of Qingdao Huanghai shoots during the 9th round match between Qingdao Huanghai and Shijiazhuang Ever Bright at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Suzhou Division in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Sept. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Yang Lei)
Loew is demanding intensive pressing and counterattacks to address the needs of modern football.