Saturday's last game saw Danny Ings' fifth minute goal against one of his former clubs give Southampton their first win of the season with a 1-0 win away to Burnley.
"We were not in form at the start. Guards didn't handle the ball well on our first possession, which affected the team's rhythm and mentality," admitted Ji.
"We are continuing to see benefits from the forthcoming changes to the format of the World Championships Finals, which will be introduced from next year onwards, leading to more countries bidding from different regions of the world," said ITTF Deputy President Khalil Al-Mohannadi.
The club's new trio faces its first game next weekend when they travel to Champions League participant RB Leipzig.
According to the schedule, Guoan will continue to compete in the Suzhou division with seven other clubs for the CSL championship. Its first opponent is Shandong Luneng, who ranked third in the Dalian division in the first stage. As the second phase of the CSL adopts a two-round knockout system, the two sides will start their first fight on October 17.
JIANGMEN, China, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Shandong and Jiangsu easily moved past their opponents by 3-0 to advance into the knockout stage of the Chinese Women's Volleyball Championships here on Tuesday.
In Wednesday's other quarterfinals, Jiangsu smashed Sichuan 3-0 (25-8, 25-15, 25-20), Tianjin crushed Zhejiang 3-0 (25-15, 25-15, 25-22), and Shandong beat Fujian 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-19). Enditem
ROME, Sept.27 (Xinhua) -- Andrea Pirlo's Juventus trailed twice at Olimpico Stadium, but leveled each time to draw 2-2 with Roma on Sunday, with Jordan Veretout and Cristiano Ronaldo bagging a brace each.
Henan took the lead at the start before Shandong gradually controlled the pace of the match for a 19-11 advantage. Henan was unable to pick up the offense and lost the first set 25-15.
Zhang also broke the national record in the women's 100m freestyle on Sunday.
Both sides didn't pose any threat to the other and no goals were scored in the first half.