"But we are optimistic because we know we can do it because we have a fantastic partnership with Tokyo and an equally strong partnership with Beijing," he added.
2019-20 was a strange season for Atletico, who were well below their best for a long time - losing to third tier Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey and dropping more points than usual in La Liga.
Ecuador will begin their South American zone qualifying campaign with a clash against Argentina in Buenos Aires on October 8. They will host Uruguay in Quito five days later. Enditem
"As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being."
"I find it completely unacceptable that we learn from the press that one of our players is positive," he said to RMC, "They released a statement and sent the player home but no one from the Federation has communicated this to us. No one has contacted us." Enditem
In other matches on Sunday, Atletico Mineiro won 1-0 at Coritiba, Sport Recife beat Goias 2-1 at home, Gremio drew 1-1 at Atletico Goianiense, Vasco da Gama secured a 1-0 win at home to Athletico Paranaense and Palmeiras won 2-1 at Bragantino. Enditem
"They feel that what is happening with the U.S. Government could create a negative precedent internationally that could be replicated and would jeopardize the entire global anti-doping system."
However, just 51 league goals and 16 draws show where Atletico's chances all too often disappear. They are hard to break down and they are hard to beat, but all too often they are unable or unwilling to take the initiative and ultimately that costs them points.
The striker argued that a clause in his contract, which is due to expire in June 2021, allowed him to leave on a free transfer at the end of the 2019/20 season and that he wanted to take up the option.
LONDON, Sept. 8 (Xinhua) -- Cristiano Ronaldo made history in Portugal's 2-0 win over Sweden, as the legendary footballer became the first European to reach 100 international goals with the first of his two goals in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday.
"Our development will not be redirected. It is just a strategic adjustment based on reality. We will continue to hand the best services to our fans and partners," it added. Enditem