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.
The 2021 edition of the championships will be held in Turin, Italy. Enditem
The absence of these key players had weakened Thomas Tuchel's side significantly as the Ligue 1 defending champions launched their title defence with a shocking 1-0 defeat at newly-promoted Lens on Thursday.
As a result, several drivers towards the rear of the field misjudged the return to racing speed and ploughed into slower cars in the midfield, instantly wiping five drivers out of the race and causing stewards to issue a halt to proceedings to allow marshals to clear the debris.
The title is the 27-year-old Thiem's first Grand Slam trophy after three previous defeats in finals of tennis majors.
"He [Jesus] has his opinions and we had some confrontations at the start, when we didn't communicate a lot," the defender said. "He could be very hard on us but it was all for the good of the team... He's on the list of the best coaches I've had, along with [Pep] Guardiola." Enditem
La Liga kicked off on Saturday with a 0-0 draw between Eibar and Celta, before Yangel Herrera and Luis Milla gave Granada a 2-0 win at home over Athletic Club and Osasuna won 2-0 away at newly promoted Cadiz with goals from Adrian Lopez and Ruben Suarez. Enditem
First launched in 1990, the Vilnius International Marathon is held annually starting from 2004 with 2019 counting over 11,000 participants. Enditem
The world volleyball governing body FIVB released the schedule of the VNL 2021 early this month, and Brazil will start their campaign at home by hosting the United States, Canada and the Dominican Republic in Cuiaba before the second week in Brasilia, and they will conclude the final week in Seoul, South Korea after travels to China and Poland.
Evergrande broke the deadlock in the 40th minute with a moment of magic, as Paulinho dribbled past several defenders at the edge of the box, unleashing a rocket that went beyond an out-stretched Wang.
"The area that was replanted a month ago is excellent and responding very well," the Globo newspaper quoted Braga as saying on Monday. "If we repeat the same procedure the next change is going be a success," he added. Enditem