“Even though this time the golden set may turn into an opportunity for us, I still do not change my opinion about this rule” says home mentor Stelian Moculescu.
“With this system the first match is more or less meaningless”.
After losing this past Wednesday in straight sets in Tatarstan, the guys from the Bodensee still have a chance to make it to the final four.
They first need to score a home win and then, regardless of the final score, a golden set will determine the side advancing to the last stage of the competition.
Having a look at the head-to-heads, this won’t be an easy task; back in 2007 VfB lost twice to KAZAN (2:3 and 1:3) in the prelims of Europe’s finest competition, while this year – as they crossed their ways in Pool B – Zenit stamped a 3:0 home win before losing 2:3 in Germany a game that was not going to influence the final standings of the group.
“With a team like Zenit you can win one or maybe two out of ten matches” singles out Moculescu.
The coach and the players therefore hope for the right boost from the home crowd.
“We are always stronger at home than playing away thanks to our great fans” stresses US American Matthew Denmark.
“We already beat Zenit once this season but for sure we may repeat this feat only with the support of our fans. If we want to have a chance against Zenit, we have to rely on their help” adds middle blocker Marcus Böhme.