Other media mention former Schalke hero and Belgian, Cote d'Ivorian and Iranian national coach Marc Wilmots as a candidate.
The game was over as a contest in the 45th minute after Pau Torres put the ball into his own net to make it 4-0 and the second half was an anti-climax, although it allowed Ousmane Dembele to return after injury and new signings Pedri, Miralem Pjanic and Francisco Trincao to make their Barca debuts.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Goias drew 2-2 at Ceara and Atletico Goianiense were held to a 1-1 home draw by Botafogo. Enditem
Real Madrid won 3-2 away to Betis on Saturday after a disastrous few minutes from Betis defender Emerson.
Moises Lima Magalhaes of Luneng could have netted the winner in the 83rd minute, but his powerful long shot was denied by the left bar after hitting Zhang Jinliang of R&F.
Omar Al Soma (L) of Al Ahli Saudi FC vies with Abdullah Madu of Al Nassr during the AFC Champions League quarter-final match between Al Ahli Saudi FC and Al Nassr of Saudi Arabia at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium in Doha, capital of Qatar, Sept. 30, 2020. Al Nassr won 2-0. (Photo by Nikku/Xinhua)
Guangzhou Evergrande are chasing their ninth CSL title having dropped just eight points. But Fabio Cannavaro's side still have problems to solve on the defensive end, where ageing full-backs Li Xuepeng and Zhang Linpeng have raised questions whether they can stay healthy and consistent throughout the next stage.
"If we don't have advantage on strength, we should be much more confident than our opponents, and showing a stronger will to win," he added.
Eleven Shandong players scored. Cao Junwei nailed three 3-pointers to post a game-high 18 points. Yang Hengyu and Wang Yingzhu each collected 16 points.
The solution gives the financially troubled Schalke the chance to renew its coaching staff with a considerable investment. To attract the big coaching names seems a thing of the past.
Due to several in-house scandals, the club has lost the support of many of its loyal supporters.