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Volleyball, Champions League, semifinal. Perugia and Trento: half the Super Final is played in the ninth challenge of the year


The ninth and tenth challenge in 12 months between Sir Sicoma Monini Perugia and Itas Trentino is worth the Super Final of the Champions League and is a mix of revenge and tactics that promises a great show. A year ago the same two teams were playing for the place in the Champions League final and the Trentino people prevailed, then defeated in the final by Grbic’s Zaksa who this year is on the bench in Perugia trying to overturn last season’s verdict.

In this season, Perugia and Trento have already faced each other six times. Trento had started the Supercoppa semifinal, a trophy then raised by Lorenzetti’s team, followed by, between the preliminary round of the Champions League, the regular season of the Superlega and the final of the Italian Cup, the balance is clear enough: four Umbrian successes and only one ( in the return of Superlega) for Trento. The season so far has said that Perugia has something more but woe to underestimate an Itas that is a mix of freshness and experience and for the occasion, Daniele Lavia recovered, returns to the typical formation with the Calabrian hitter in the opposite role.

On the one hand there is a real caterpillar: Perugia has lost only three times this year (33 games played by the Umbrians so far this season) but two of these defeats have suffered against Trento. Nikola Grbic’s perfect car has had an enviable path, convincing both in terms of physical strength (which had been the Achilles heel of last year but Covid was involved), and on a technical and tactical level. It is true that with Simone Giannelli as director and two guns like Anderson and Leon (returned to his usual levels, that is stratospheric) everything becomes easier but it is an overall idea that the Umbrian team gives when they take the field and for this we must give credit to the Serbian coach.

On the other hand, there is Itas that was supposed to be the outsider of this season and in the end has found yet another way to play a leading role. He won the Super Cup, finished third in the Club World Cup, played in the Italian Cup final against all odds, is one step away from the play-off semifinal and tomorrow is going to play for the second consecutive year in the Super Champions League Final. Not bad for a revolutionized team and, on paper, resized last summer, which has focused a lot on Italian players and which continues to be a reference for those who love volleyball, beyond bell towers and cheering.

Lorenzetti has invented the scheme with the opposite Lavia that has given him great satisfaction this season and tomorrow he will be able to return to using his spiker, after returning from an injury, in that position on the pitch, aware that, if something does not work, there will be . he is a Pinali in great shape (who on Sunday enjoyed “demolishing” Milan) capable of giving his precious contribution. It is played at the Barton shovel at 20.30. The return next Thursday to Trento.