Although concerns are increasing among fans, as one of Germany's most prominent sides might fail to secure its first-tier participation for next season, the former teacher claimed to believe in the team's potential.
Real Madrid has a deeper squad than Barca, as the fact that they were without Dani Carvajal, Eden Hazard, Alvaro Odriozola and Tony Kroos on Sunday and still won shows, but Courtois' displays mean that so far some of the results have been much better than the actual performances.
"We played great in the first half, but after bench players came in, they suffered a bit and failed to maintain the level on both ends," said Jiangsu coach Ding Tie.
Leeds United and Manchester City produced a game that lived up to expectations in terms of entertainment with the teams taking one point each after a 1-1 draw.
Meanwhile, Sport Recife won 2-1 at Bahia, their third successive Serie A victory. Hernane and Marcao were on the scoresheet for the visitors while Matheus Saldanha netted for Bahia.
The Chinese Super League (CSL), which started the 2020 season behind closed doors in July, has been slowly opening up to a limited number of spectators last month.
Shandong began to lose momentum after the interval, and Inner Mongolia scored many fast break points on turnovers. With a 30-point margin in hand before the last 10 minutes, Inner Mongolia met little challenge thereafter.
Shanxi took over early in the second quarter, constantly attacking the basket through Fu and Liu in the paint, but Hebei soon charged back with a 9-0 run. Shanxi piled up a 43-38 lead at the break.
Shanxi gradually gained the upper hand in the second quarter before going eight points up at the break.
"But I take it as a very positive thing. I am playing quite well to win against a player like Stefano today with this score.
"I got a bit emotional last two points of my match. I really started to think still about the match because in tennis we really never know when it's the end. But my memories, happy memories, when I made my comeback here in 2017, when I step on the Philippe Chatrier, I couldn't really imagine me to be in the quarterfinal of this slam. Everything just came back to me," said Kvitova, who was attacked by a break-in knife-wielding robber at her home in the Czech Republic during the off-season of 2016, leaving her dominant left hand seriously injured. It was at Roland Garros that the two-time Grand Slam champion made her comeback.