But it seems apparent that it will not be easy to find a new coach.
Reports about Javi Martinez, Mickael Cuisance and Alexander Nuebel possibly leaving after Thiago Alcantara, Ivan Perisic and Philippe Coutinho have already left don't make the situation easier for Hasan Salihamidzic.
The rebranding and revamping exercise applies only to AFC competitions which are scheduled to take place from 2021 and will not impact the age-group tournaments that were postponed from 2020, it said. Enditem
Stage One involves 32 groups of four players, with the player who tops each group progressing to Stage Two.
Naldo recently spoke about the team's leadership problem. "I didn't see a Schalke team on the pitch as we know it. It needs someone making the decisions and pointing the way for the others to follow," the former central defender commented.
In Thursday's only other fixture, Ecuador's Delfin won 3-0 at home to Defensa y Justicia. Enditem
"We will work hard to overcome the unprecedented challenge the world is facing, and help athletes perform to their best in a new kind of Games."
If Villarreal coach Unai Emery was unhappy at the space his side left Barca in the opening goal, he will have been furious as Fati doubled his tally just four minutes later.
"[I'm] struggling to walk so that's a tell-tale sign that I should try to recover," she added.
More setbacks could well affect the entire season and increase the pressure on coach Lucien Favre at an early stage.
Thepchaiya Un-Nooh from Thailand won the other group on Saturday.