Esteghlal had been linked with former Werder Bremen coach Alexander Nouri but they failed to reach an agreement with the German-Iranian coach due to financial disagreements.
"As a young team, playing against such a strong team as Xinjiang, we can learn and improve a lot," Li said after the match.
It was a case of one in and one out for Atletico Madrid, who lost midfielder Thomas Partay to Arsenal after the Premier League club paid the 50 million euro buyout clause of the Ghanaian international.
Elsewhere, Svit registered its first victory of the new season, winning in Handlova 89-81 on Saturday.
PARIS, Oct. 2 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian star Neymar scored twice for Paris Saint-Germain in a dominating 6-1 win over Angers on Friday.
After substitutes stepped in, Xinjiang maintained its level of defense, holding Shanghai to shot-clock violations on several occasions and leading 27-18 at halftime.
Han Ziqi contributed a game-high 23 points, but her solo effort could not save Tianjin from a big loss.
"We didn't handle some big shots well due to a lack of experience," admitted Wuhan coach Li Xin. Enditem
Several players are still only 16 or 17 years old but have become valuable members of the team since the start of the season. With only one victory in three rounds, the young and ambitious Bratislava is currently in fourth position.
"To stand in his way would not be just reward for the service he has given us, and we wish him the best."
Li felt a bit uncomfortable about Shandong's double team early in the match, but soon get used to that, making two baskets and feeding Chen's two layups, to help Inner Mongolia race ahead 19-15 in the first quarter.