Berlin Volleys start against Ljubljana in the premier class
Berlin. After 13 wins in the current 13 competitive matches of the season, the Berlin Volleys now want to defend themselves in the Champions League. On Tuesday, 7:30 pm, the German volleyball champion will welcome Slovenia champions ACH Volleys Ljubljana on Matchday 1 of the group stage. "We have given everything in the past season to be in the Champions League, and now we want to get the most out of it," said coach Cedric Enard. "Winning the home games will be the nuts and bolts," adds manager Kaweh Niroomand.
To the group of four with the BR Volleys belong as favorites the two Russian clubs VK Kusbass Kemerowo and Fakel Nowij Urengoi. With such high-caliber competition, Ljubljana's coach Matija Plesko has already clearly defined the role of their own team: "We are outsiders, I hope the opponents underestimate us and we can respond."
Also Niroomand would have liked a less expensive draw for his team. "In terms of difficulty, effort and travel costs, we could not have made it worse," he said. Out of the total of five preliminary groups, only the first place finishers as well as the three best second winners achieve the quarter finals played in the knockout system. The group phase will be played back and forth until February 19, 2020.
With Ljubljana have the BR Volleys last time in the season 2014/15 in the premier class have to deal. Good omen: The Berlin won both games, at home 3: 1, in Slovenia even 3: 0. In the dress rehearsal for the premier class offered the German champions on Saturday despite his 3-0 victory in the Bundesliga match against the bisons Buehl a rather mixed performance. "We will have to improve," said coach Enard.