Final 3rd/4th Place, first act: tomorrow from 6 p.m. (live on volleyballworld.tv) The Gas sale Bluenergy Piacenzabeaten by Trento in Serie A, accepts the field PalaBanca for race-1 where the opponent will beAllianz Milan, loser in the semifinals against Civitanova. It’s your first time playing 3rd place finalBest-of-five series in which Piacenza based on overall standings at the end of regular season acquired home rights in the first, third and possibly fifth game of this phase. The winner gets a pass to the next CEV Champions Leaguewhile the loser is entitled to a seat CEV Cup.
The challenge, played at the PalaBanca, will be the number 10 between the two teams, with Piacenza having won 6 of the previous 9 between the two teams. The paths of the clubs cross for the first time in the Playoff Scudetto. However, the two teams have faced each other twice this season regular season and Piacenza won both times: in the tie-breaker in the first leg in Milan, 3-1 in the second leg in Piacenza. Finally, there are 4 ex-boyfriends at the meeting, all from the Emilia side: Luke Basicin Milan from 2018 to 2021, Fabrizio Gironiwho played for Allianz from 2018 to 2020, Nicholas Hofferwho entered the Milan Taraflex from 2018 to 2020 and most recently Yuri Romanoin the Lombard capital last season.
With regard to the meeting, the technician of Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza spoke, Massimo Botti: “We’re on the verge of a whole new streak in this championship as there has never been a third-place game for the losing semi-finalists. We must also approach this novelty properly because it offers the winner a place in the Champions League, which would be a historic appointment for our club and which Piacenza is very fond of“.
“The technical level on the pitch corresponds to that of a Scudetto final, since the four semi-finalists showed identical values – concludes the trainer –: Both us and Milan regret Game 1 of the semi-finals, neither of us could play it at our best thanks to the somewhat complicated calendar. The balance could be the motivations, whoever has the most will be able to prevail, we’re up against a team that has crucial points in terms of pace of play, prolongation of action and defense, we’ll have to have a lot of patience“.
(Source: press release)