"To have kept the team together might turn into our big advantage," Borussia's managing director Max Eberl said.
Former Birmingham midfielder Jude Bellingham is said to be a decisive factor as the 17-year-old impressed with his maturity when operating as a box-to-box midfielder.
A new and improved team spirit has developed, he emphasized. "Schalke has a lot of experienced players around that help us to perform better. Everyone is determined to improve."
Up to 20,000 fans will be allowed to enter the 79,000-capacity Maracana Stadium for Flamengo's home match against Athletico Paranaense in Brazil's Serie A on October 4.
The platform 'Mes que una mocio (More than a motion)', formed by a group of Barcelona club members, confirmed they had collected 20,731 signatures, comfortably clearing the required 16,520 to trigger the vote.
The others were Tottenham defender Juan Foyth, Manchester City center-back Nicolas Otamendi, Tottenham midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and Brighton midfielder Alexis Mac Allister.
Sharjah's chances of progressing to the next round now hang on their ability to collect three points in the reverse fixture on Friday.
Newcastle United also won away from home, defeating West Ham United 2-0 with goals from debutants Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick, and Crystal Palace made light of a lengthy injury list to beat Southampton 1-0 at Selhurst Park thanks to Wilfried Zaha's strike. Enditem
No other club in Germany stands for a similar dedication to its fans, with keywords such as loyalty, identification, and history at the forefront of his mind.
BRATISLAVA, Sept. 18 (Xinhua) -- Slovan Bratislava's streak of bad luck in the European football competitions continues.
Top seed Djokovic labored for two hours to win 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 against German qualifier Dominik Koepfer.