Over the weekend, the Cucine Lube Civitanova will take part in the Jesi Volley Cup, a quadrangular event scheduled at the PalaTriccoli with Olympiakos Piraeus, Allianz Milano and Rana Verona. The red and white giants will play two matches in two days to oil the engine in what are currently the last tests in the preseason calendar.

Tomorrow, Saturday 14 October (8.30 pm), the cooking team will take to the field in the 4,000-seat stadium in Jesi against the Greeks Olympiakos Piraeus. It is a training that evokes sweet memories, very sweet ones indeed. In 2002 in Opole, Poland, an unscrupulous Lube defeated the Hellenic sextet in four sets, raising their first Champions League to the skies. Tomorrow’s match will instead be used by the two rivals to calibrate the game mechanisms in view of their respective championships, but all fans of Lube and great volleyball will feel some thrills and a bit of Saturday night fever.

The challenge between the Marches and the Greeks will be preceded by the face-to-face match between Allianz Milano and Rana Verona, on the pitch at 5.30pm in search of the pass for the showdown. The winners of the Semifinals will meet to win the trophy organized by the Jesi Volley & Sport association.

Chicco Blengini (coach Cucine Lube Civitanova): “We are about to participate in a nice tournament, chosen as an approach to the start of the championship. The idea is to begin to define our team identity, which is not generated only through training. These matches are very useful and the Jesi quadrangular has this purpose. We must not limit ourselves to adding the individualities on the pitch, but we must make the departments and our volleyball work by expressing ourselves with personality and starting from the ball exchange which is the basis of the game of any collective. Many national teams have just joined the group, but the connection between my athletes doesn’t worry me in the slightest, we are talking about excellent athletes who will find the right chemistry among themselves. Old and new. I am more focused on the need to create a system suitable for the new roster to give the group a distinctive and different appearance compared to last year. When the players reach the final stage, progress on the pitch and the objective of the best possible performance take place in the first phase of the Super League even if they are contaminated by the results, which have considerable weight compared to the preseason. This is the only viable team for clubs that have many internationals on the roster!”.