Unless they can seal the return of Javi Martinez from Bayern Munich, Athletic Club Bilbao will also rely on youngsters such as Jon Morcillo and Unai Vencedor and, like their neighbors, will also hope to challenge for Europe, along with Getafe, who missed out last season after fading in the final weeks.
Sunday kicks off with Alaves starting their centenary season at home to Betis in another game which had its kick-off changed late on Wednesday night. The match was due to start at 9 pm on Monday but has been brought forward to 14:00 on Sunday in a move which will have ruined the final preparations of coaches Pablo Machin and Manuel Pellegrini, both of whom are debuting with their respective clubs.
"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.
Former Dutch international Robben celebrated his much-anticipated return to the Eredivisie after an absence of 16 years and 155 days. The 36-year-old resumed his career at FC Groningen this summer after having retired for one season. His comeback at home against PSV was disappointing as he limped off injured after half an hour.
Qingdao pulled one back in the 85th minute with an overhead kick from French midfielder Romain Alessandrini.
Nuremberg responded well but Eintracht's defence neutralized all attacks within the midfield. However, the visitors should have tripled the lead but Daichi Kamada wasted a golden chance in the 71st minute.
BERLIN, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The unsolved future of David Alaba and Thiago Alcantara is causing anxiety for 2020 treble winners Bayern Munich.
BERLIN, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- Hoffenheim saw off courageous Chemnitzer FC 3-2 following a penalty shootout whereas Stuttgart and Bayer Leverkusen got the job done with more ease to get through the opening round in the German Cup on Sunday.
PARIS, Sept. 10 (Xinhua) -- Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain opened their Ligue 1 title defence with a shock 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens.
Fans of Shandong Luneng cheer for their team during the 10th round match between Shandong Luneng and Shanghai Greenland Shenhua at the postponed 2020 season Chinese Football Association Super League (CSL) Dalian Division in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 9, 2020. (Xinhua/Long Lei)
Qingdao's winning momentum continued in the 14th round on Friday as the Shandong club edged defending champion Zhejiang Nengyuan 3-2.