Having to accept the circumstances, Flick is forced to start into the season with an incomplete squad.
"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
Elsewhere, fourth division Rot-Weiss Essen caused a surprise by knocking out newly-promoted Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld thanks to a first-half goal from Simon Engelmann. Enditem
The result means Rafa Benitez's side are sixth in Group A, three points off the fourth place, while Shanghai Shenhua slip to the fifth position in the group on goal difference. Both teams have chances to advance to the championship group for the second stage of Chinese Super League with five games remaining.
THE HAGUE, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- The first round of the 2020-21 Eredivisie season saw 10-man Ajax beat Sparta 1-0 in Rotterdam on Sunday, while Arjen Robben left the pitch injured in his comeback to football for FC Groningen.
The lower league side had their goalkeeper Jakub Jakubov to thank as he defused the promising efforts on target from Andrej Kramaric and Christoph Baumgartner before the break.
Zall tried to add fresh attacking impetus by bringing loanee Dong Xuesheng and under-23 goalkeeper Wang Zhifeng on for the second half.
The opening game in Ipurua is followed by the delayed match in Granada, which is a repeat of the last game of last season. That match saw Granada beat an Athletic side with nothing to play for 4-0 in order to qualify for Europe for the first time in the club's history.
Elsewhere on Sunday, VVV-Venlo booked a spectacular 5-3 win at FC Emmen, Heracles Almelo beat ADO Den Haag 2-0 and Vitesse was too strong for RKC Waalwijk, winning 1-0. The FC Utrecht-AZ match was postponed to give AZ more time to prepare for next Tuesday's match at Dynamo Kiev in the third qualifying round of the Champions League.
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.
After the restart, Leipzig retreated with the narrow lead while Nuremberg showed absolutely no danger in front of the target.