Trento, 03 March 2021
Champions League, on Thursday at the BLM Group Arena (7 pm) the return of the quarter
The second leg of the quarter-finals of 2021 CEV Champions League will be played on Thursday 4 March at the BLM Group Arena in Trento, the first of two double knockout rounds before the Final in Verona (1 May). Trentino Itas will host the Germans of BerlinRecyclingVolleys with the aim of confirming the superiority that emerged in the 3-1 first leg match played in Germany a week earlier. Kick-off scheduled for 7 pm; live on Radio Dolomiti and on www.eurovolley.tv.
HERE TRENTINO ITAS The giallo-blù players are back to play a home game of the Champions League three months after the last one (3 December 2020, 3-0 against Friedrichshafen), with the aim of obtaining another positive result and win the qualification at semi-finals of the competition, an intermediate milestone that has been missing since 2016.
"In Berlin we took the first step to try to get through the round, an objective we care a lot about - explained coach Angelo Lorenzetti - . To be able to obtain it, however, we don't have to think about the first leg but only about the one we will play because qualification can only come at the end of a good performance and a general improvement of our game, starting from the continuity of performance".
Trentino Itas arrives at the appointment strengthen by the seasonal unbeaten in the competition, in which they won ten matches on the field (eleven, taking into account the success by forfeit against Friedrichshafen on 11 February) between the preliminary stages and Pool E and twenty-one of last twenty-three played overall. Lorenzetti will decide only in the next few hours whether to put the young Pol on the scoresheet, confirming the fourteen players who took part in the away match in Berlin last week in the squad.
Against Berlin, Trentino Volley will play the 179th international match in its history (148 wins, 30 defeats), the 101st ever in the Champions League. In front of its own public in this competition, the Via Trener Club played a total of 46 games, losing only 6.
THE OPPONENTS BerlinRecyclingVolleys peeps into Trento seven and a half years after the last time with the need to win four sets and leave only one to the hosts to be able to score a qualification for the semifinals that in the event they only obtained in the edition 2015, as the organizing club of the Final Four. As happened to Trentino Itas, the Germans arrive at the appointment without having played any matches in the previous weekend; Bundesliga last weekend was in fact dedicated to the recoveries of matches postponed for Covid and the orange-blacks of Enard from this point of view had already played more than all the other teams, so much so that on Sunday evening they slipped from second to third place in the standings, overtaken by Dueren in the run-up to the Friedrichshafen leaders. For the return match, the Berlin coach could also benefit for the help of Kaliberda, the former spiker from Vibo, Modena, Civitanova and Perugia (absent in the first leg due to physical problems), but he will hardly change his starting six, despite now can also count on the French middle-blocker Le Roux (formerly Piacenza and Modena): at the center of the field there should in fact be space again for Brehme and for the highly anticipated Eder Carbonera, which will return to Trento for the first time after the 2017/18 season, during which he scored 363 points and 48 appearances ì with the Trentino Volley jersey. BerlinRecyclingVolleys squad: 1. Adam Kowalski (l), 2. Kevin Le Roux (c), 3. Davy Silva Moraes (o), 4. Sebastian Kuehner (p), 5. Renan Michelucci Moralez (c), 6. Sergey Grankin (p), 7. Robin Baghdady (s), 8. Anton Brehme (c), 9. Timothée Carle (s), 10. Julian Zenger (l), 11. Cody Kessel (s), 12. Samuele Tuia ( s), 13. Bejamin Patch (o), 14. Denys Viktorovic Kaliberda (s), 16. Eder Carbonera (c), 18. Pierre Pujol (s). Herds Cedric Enard.
TRENTINO ITAS QUALIFIES FOR THE SEMIFINALS IF… To overcome the turn, Trentino Itas will need to win (at least) two sets in the match on Thursday evening; thanks to the 3-1 success in the first leg in Berlin, the giallo-blù team could in fact lose even at the tie break to avoid the golden set hypothesis, which will therefore only be played in the event of a maximum four partial win for the Germans. Those who pass the round will face Perugia, which on Tuesday night qualified for the golden set against Modena, after winning the second leg 3-0.
THE FORMULA AND THE OTHER MATCHES The match on Thursday will be valid for the return of the quarter-finals of 2021 CEV Champions League; from this series of matches already on Thursday evening the names of the four teams that will compete in the Finals will come out. The team that gets the most points in the double confrontation qualifies for the next round; the points are awarded as in the championship: 3 for a 3-0 or 3-1 victory, 2 for a tie-break victory, 1 for a tie-break defeat. The Final will be played in a single match in Verona on May 1st. Perugia has already qualified for the semifinals, which will challenge the winner of Trento-Berlin; the other two matches that characterize the upper part of the board: Zenit Kazan-Belchatow (Thursday at 18, first leg 3-1) and Grupa Azoty Kedzierzyn-Kozle-Cucine Lube Civitanova (today at 18, first leg 3-1).
BACKGROUND Three official matches have already been played between Trentino Volley and Berlin Recycling Volley; in addition to the first leg played in Berlin on 25 February and won by the giallo-blù team 3-1 (split between 25-19, 25-23, 26-28, 25-17), there are only two other matches in the archive, both referring to the 2014 edition of the CEV Champions League. Trento won 3-1 (25-20, 19-25, 29-27, 25-21) at the BLM Group Arena (then called PalaTrento) on 24 October 2013 while the Germans redeemed themselves in the home match on 18 December 2013 , winning in three sets (16-25, 18-25, 19-25). In its history, Berlin has also played on another occasion in Trentino: on 6 March 2013 for a friendly pre Play Off Scudetto (3-1 victory for the giallo-blù team with partial scores of 25-18, 25-23, 25-27, 25 -17)
THE REFEREES The match will be directed by the Swedish Stefan Bernström, first referee who lives in Copenhagen, and by Wim Cambre, second referee from Meerhout (Belgium). The only one to have crossed Trentino Volley is the Belgian, who managed a particularly significant precedent: 4 November 2008, victory in three sets against Bled (Slovenia) in the first ever match of the giallo-blù club in the Champions League.
RADIO AND INTERNET The match will be reported directly and in its entirety by Radio Dolomiti, network partner of Trentino Volley. The frequencies to follow the regional network can be consulted on the website www.radiodolomiti.com, where it will also be possible to listen to the live streaming commentary.
Live streaming video will also be provided on the "EuroVolleyTv" web space, at the internet address www.eurovolley.tv; paid service. For info on the packages offered www.eurovolley.tv/en-int/page/pricing-and-faq.
The full deferred match will be broadcast on TV starting at 9.45 pm on Thursday 4 March by Sky Sport Arena, a channel present on the Sky satellite platform and on any device via the "SkyGo" application (paid service).
To follow the evolution point by point it will instead be possible to consult the official website of the CEV at https://cevlive.cev.eu/DV_LiveScore.aspx?ID=40515 which will provide the live score, or that of Trentino Volley www.trentinovolley.it which will also offer the report set by set a few minutes after the conclusion of each individual set. Updates will also always be active on the giallo-blù Social Networks (www.trentinovolley.it/facebook, www.trentinovolley.it/instagram and www.trentinovolley.it/twitter).
BLM GROUP ARENA WITH CLOSED DOORS Following the ordinances present in the last Prime Minister's Decree, the building in via Fersina will remain closed to the public, allowing entry only to a few accredited media and field staff.
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