The rush to the last pass available to participate in the CEV Champions League 2024 does not allow for voltage drops. Fresh from the first round on Saturday, with a clear victory for the Emilians at PalaBancaSport, Allianz Milano and Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza will be back in the net as early as Wednesday 3 May, at 20.30, for Game 2 of the 3rd Place Final. The hunt for third place, therefore, sees Simon and his companions already well underway, but it would be a serious mistake to underestimate the Milanese’s ability to react, who always started with the handbrake on in the 2022/23 Play Offs, but were then able to fight until eventually eliminating Sir Safety Susa Perugia in the Quarterfinals and scaring Cucine Lube Civitanova in the Semifinal series. Gas Sales, on the other hand, is an expert team that after eliminating Valsa Group Modena in Race 5 gave way to Itas Trentino.
Final 3rd Place Game 2 Credem Banca
Wednesday 3 May 2023, 8.30 pm
Allianz Milan – Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza
Referees: Lot Dominga, Puecher Andrea (Venturi Gabriele, Pasin Marco)
Video Check: Ugolotti Davide
Scorekeeper: Pisani Letizia
Agustin Loser (Allianz Milano): “We’re angry because playing like this isn’t nice. Even against Perugia and Civitanova it started badly at home again 3-0 I remember, the series is long and we have the desire to win to go to the Champions League next year. Game 1 was a strange game, Wednesday will be another game for sure, we will play at home, with our people, we will certainly do better than the last game, we can win or lose but we will certainly do better. I’m sorry because in the first two sets we didn’t play like we know how to do, maybe in the third set at the end. We have to start from what we know how to do”.
Yuri Romanò (Gas Sales Bluenergy Piacenza): “The start in this series has been good, we are fighting for access to the Champions League, an important goal that we want to achieve. In Game 1 everything worked well, we know that in Milan it will be a different game, we saw in this Play Off how difficult it is to win at home, we expect a long series and therefore we have to be very careful and concentrated. Milan is capable of great performances, they proved it, we will have to be ready. We will have to repeat what we did in Game 1”.