You write game 2, you read it in or out. Tomorrow, Sunday 14 April, at 7 pm, the Delta Group Porto Viro will receive Emma Villas Siena in the second act of the Serie A2 Credem Banca playoff semi-finals: it is the final test, the only one for the nerofuchsia, who must win, with any score, to bring the series back to a draw and play for qualification to the final on Wednesday 17 April in Tuscany.

On Thursday in game 1, Delta Group was put down by an opponent who knew how to undermine their certainties, hitting hard at serve and often reading their offensive patterns in advance. Garnica and his teammates went haywire in the first and fourth sets, while in the second and third, despite not shining, they found the thread of their game again and this was enough to fight on equal terms with Emma Villas.

In short, despite the negative result, the glass can be seen as half full. This is why Porto Viro is convinced that it can play its chances in game 2, as central defender Matteo Zamagni declared on the eve of the game: “We deserved this semi-final, we want to play it to the fullest, have fun and show that we didn’t get here by chance. Tomorrow the spirit must be the same that accompanied us in the quarterfinals, we must go onto the pitch with our arm free, thinking that we have nothing to lose. We simply have to play our game, what we managed to express in the three matches against Cuneo, always staying there, attacking the opponent.”

Only two seasons ago Zamagni won the promotion playoffs with Reggio Emilia (together with Garnica and Morgese), so he knows how to approach a match from inside or outside like the one awaiting Porto Viro: “A match like this – he says – must be faced by believing in our quality and in what we demonstrated until a few days ago. We don’t have to invent anything new, Monday against Cuneo was an inside or outside game and we approached it in the best way. The sensations of that evening are still fresh, so we know how to do it. Siena put us in difficulty on Thursday and we weren’t able to do what we had prepared, but by playing in our own building we will be calmer and we will certainly be able to be more effective. The key will be to be aggressive with the serve and develop our game from there, as we have done for large stretches of the season and in the three quarterfinal matches.”