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17. 05. 2019

CL SUPER FINAL M: Zenit hoping for 5th straight title, Lube still remembering last year’s final

Source: zenit-kazan.com, cev.eu; Photo: Зенит-Казань/Twitter, A.S. Volley Lube Civitanova/Twitter

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Will Zenit Kazan win the trophy for the fifth straight time or will Cucine Lube Civitanova repeat the success from 2002? We will get the answer to this question at the end of the 2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League – Men Super Final that will start tomorrow at 19:00 C.E.T. in Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin.

 

For the first time in the history of the Men’s Champions League, the same teams will play the final two years in a row. Last season Zenit and Lube fought for the title in the Final Four in Kazan with Vladimir Alekno’s team prevailing by in the tie-break in one of the best Champions League gold medal encounters ever, partially 29-27, 18-25, 23-25, 25-23, 17-15. Since there are no more Final Fours, starting from this season, Zenit and Lube will write the new chapter of the history in the strongest club competition in Europe as the participants of the premiere edition of the Super Final whose winners will get a money prize that has not yet been seen in the Champions League.

“For us every title is important! The meaning of this match doesn't depend on what happened in the national championship some days ago. Last year’s final was as close as you can get it. I expect a similar one this time in Berlin. It never was as easy as it may look to win the CEV Champions League the last four years. However, our team is still top motivated to reach this big goal again. The new type of competition, having women’s and men’s final at one stage on one day, makes it more interesting for European Volleyball fans,” Zenit setter Aleksandr Butko stated.

 

„After the great satisfaction of Tuesday when we won an incredible championship with a performance that is a combination of both heart and character, we’re getting back to the positive and concentrated work. Now, in fact, we expect another great goal to reach, the Champions League: we play one game against Kazan, the same rivals from a year ago. We know the strength of the Russian team but I’m convinced that we will do our best on the court, putting into practice the volleyball that we know how to express so that we can be able to give another great joy to all the fans who will follow us and those left in Italy,“ Lube middle blocker Dragan Stanković said.

In a sold-out Max-Schmeling-Halle in Berlin, which means more than 9,000 spectators, Zenit will have the chance to lift the Champions League trophy for the seventh time while Lube will try to join the group of 12 clubs who won the title in the tournament more than once.

2019 CEV Volleyball Champions League Super Finals – May 18:

16:00 C.E.T, Women: Igor Gorgonzola Novara (ITA) – Imoco Volley Conegliano (ITA)

19:00 C.E.T, Men: Zenit Kazan (RUS) – Cucine Lube Civitanova (ITA)

 

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