An outstanding game for Allianz Milano at the end of the first round. On Boxing Day, Matteo Piano and his team-mates will challenge Sir Susa Vim Perugia at the PalaBarton, kick-off at 6pm.
Perugia lost the top spot in the last SuperLega Credem Banca game against Trento, but the Block Devils, winners of the last two editions of the Club World Cup, remain the main candidates for the 2023/2024 Scudetto. They were last season too, some will say, but in a historic run of playoff quarterfinals that’s exactly what they metAllianz Milan and Roberto Piazza’s team clearly won 3-1 at PalaBarton on April 10th.
Sir has changed the technical leadership, now there is “Professor” Angelo Lorenzetti and new champions have been added to the squad, such as the Tunisian Ben Tara. In the final championship race, the blue Russo also recovered, while Leon still remained in the pits and was replaced by a certain Plotnytskyi. There is certainly no shortage of players at Allianz Milano who can make any opponent tremble. The Lombard team travels on the strength of their success in the Cev Cup and is confident that they can also count on all the players on the bench. Andrea Innocenzi also made his center debut in Thessalonikiwhile the recovery of Yuki Ishikawa, who was employed in Greece for the second line phase, continues.
Statistics and curiosities. There will be no ex-players on either side of the net on the field. The precedents between Sir Susa Vim Perugia and Allianz Milano are 26, with 20 successes for the Umbrians and 6 for the Milaneseincluding the last three of the 2023 playoffs. There are several players who have records in sight during the game, these are the most important: Oleh Plotnytskyi is just one winning goal short of his 100th in the championship, Agustin Loser is 10 points short of his 100th Matteo Piano is missing 1 winning serve at 100 (he made an ace in the Cev Cup, but that is not counted), Wilfredo Leon is missing 4 winning serves at 300. And again Petar Dirlic is -13 points away from 1,000. In all competitions, Osniel Mergarejo has – 13 points in the 500, Piano also has – 2 winning blocks in the 800, Paolo Porro – 3 winning serves in the 100, Sebastian Solé – 4 winning attacks in the 1,700 and Matey Kaziyski in – 4 winning attacks in the 4,800.
On the way to the Del Monte Italian Cup. The game in Perugia will also determine the line-up for the quarter-finals of the Italian Cup. If there were no changes in the rankings, it would still be a challenge for the alliance in Umbria on Wednesday January 3rd at 8.30 p.m. However, there are many variables. For Perugia, in the event of a win by Trent and a – currently unlikely – defeat against Padua, either second or first place is expected.
Milan are not in danger in their seventh place but could try to overtake Modena and even Civitanova (now at +1 and +2). The Valsa group has a difficult round at home with Piacenza (lost by Monza in third place) and Lube hosts Verona, currently eighth but definitely “on fire” in the last few games. However, at kick-off at the PalaBarton (referees Massimiliano Giardini and Stefano Cesare), only Civitanova’s result will be known, so no calculations are possible.
The words of Osniel Mergarejo before the game: “The game against Perugia is a game we really look forward to in every championship. Against a very strong team that shows spectacular volleyball. It would be very important for us to win. It’s true that we’ll probably play for the Italian Cup here again and winning twice at the PalaBarton is an almost impossible task, but we have to try. If we want to continue our growth we have to go to Perugia to win.”
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(Source: press release)