With the semifinals of the 2016 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League for women will start the competition at PalaGeorge in Montichiari.
Four coaches and four captains have agreed on one thing, the matches will be difficult especially an Istanbul derby.
Fenerbahce Grundig coach Marcello Abbondanza: “Our way to arrive here was tough,” the Italian explained. “Dinamo MOSCOW are a great team and it was not easy (in the play-off six round). I was very happy with my team’s reaction after losing focus in the first sets, we kept going and eventually secured the win. We feel great being here and we know what we have to do.”
Giovanni Guidetti, VakifBank ISTANBUL coach spoke about the semi-final between two Istanbul clubs and claimed that neither team has much of an advantage going into the crunch match. He said: “It’s completely normal that we crossed a Turkish team (Eczacibasi VitrA ISTANBUL) before reaching the Final Four and now we face Fenerbahce here. I don’t see any advantage, we know them and they know us. They even have a lot of the best players in the world.”
Dinamo Kazan coach Rishat Gilyazutdinov kept his thoughts brief by wishing everyone and his team good luck while his captain Maria Borodakova highlighted how competition in their domestic league is dissimilar to that with teams in the rest of Europe. “The Russian competition is a big difference to the Champions League,” she explained. “Every team playing here is a great team and I wish all of them good luck. One thing is sure, we will do our best.”
Coach of Pomi Caslamaggiore Massimo Barbolini expressed how despite his club as a whole had little European match experience, there are players within the playing squad that have played on the big stage before. “For us it’s our first Final Four match but we have players with a lot of international experience,” he said. “It’s good for a Final Four where we will play against three of the best teams in the world. It will be very hard for us, but we arrive in a good way and good shape. We will do our best in these two days.”
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