Mikel Arteta has now had time to put his mark on the Arsenal side he inherited from Unai Emery and winning the FA Cup and the Community shield have given the club a positive air, as have the signings of Willian from Chelsea, central defender Gabriel from Lille and the return of Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid.
Liverpool waited 30 years before Jurgen Klopp steered them to glory last season and the 18-point margin of victory, (which would probably have been bigger if they had not relaxed in the closing weeks of the campaign) means everyone else has a lot of catching up to do if they want to overtake Klopp's men.
The second Saturday of September every year marks the World First Aid Day.
Evergrande doubled the lead in the 69th minute with a stunning free kick from Ai, two minutes after his tap-in was ruled out due to off-side.
The 55-year-old manager claims additional playing staff is inevitable having to play a challenging season providing more week games than ever before in all competitions.
In terms of the title race, reigning champions Real Madrid will be confident of defending their crown - not because they look any stronger than they did last season, but because main rivals, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid (at the moment at least) look weaker.
Perhaps mindful of its drivers' tyre troubles at Silverstone earlier in the season, Mercedes engineers ordered Hamilton and Bottas to stay off the Mugello circuit's kerbs - though even after doing so, both drivers appeared to have enough pace to keep the chasing pack at bay.
A brand new format will be taken over five days of competition action, and innovative scoring methods will be implemented.
Adi Hutter's men gained momentum and sealed the deal five minutes later after Silva set up for Dost, who netted the 2-0 lead with a header from close range.
"We heard a very encouraging technical report from the Coordination Commission who informed us the technical preparations are on track and going very well," the IOC president said in a video conference after the IOC Executive Board meeting on Wednesday.
Chemnitzer FC took the reins and disrupted Hoffenheim's build-up work in the opening stages, forcing Hoffenheim goalkeeper Oliver Baumann into action twice with early chances.