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02/03/2021 17:00
#CLVolleyM MOTW: Can Modena prevent a Perugia comeback?
CEV Champions League Volley 2021

Luxembourg, 2 March 2021. Last week, the home matches of the CEV Champions League Volley quarter-finals offered fans everywhere one of the most exciting few days of volleyball of the season so far. Across the board, the top eight European teams still in competition performed at the highest level which in turn meant that perceived surprise results were not at all uncommon.

Going into the return leg of these matches, tensions are high with highly desired semifinal spots up for grabs, and one of the most interesting matches is the one between Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA and Leo Shoes MODENA, our Match of the Week.

All matches will be streamed live on CEV’s EuroVolley.TV.

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Head to Head

The return leg of these quarter-finals was the first time these two teams have met each other in Europe’s premiere club competition, and Modena’s win in straight sets gives them an obvious advantage going into this match. Matchups between Italian clubs are not unusual in the CEV Champions League Volley, and the two teams involved in our Match of the Week have had their share.

For Perugia, last week’s defeat means they have now lost two of their last three Champions League matches against fellow Italian sides, after winning each of their first three, while for Modena a win today would be only their second in six matches, after losing the first four against Cucine Lube Civitanova.

 

Will Perugia reach their fourth semi-final?

Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA could reach the Champions League semi-finals for the fourth time, after 2016/17, 2017/18 and 2018/19. Last season, they had won their first leg of the quarter-finals before the season was ended prematurely due to the coronavirus. Their best result in the competition was a second place finish in 2016/17, while also managing to get the 3rd place on the podium twice.

Once again, the Italians from Perugia will have to rely heavily on their superstar player Wilfredo Leon who has been exceptional so far. Wilfredo is Sir Sicoma Monini PERUGIA's leading points scorer this CL season with 86 points, out of which he collected 13 from serves and 12 from stuff blocks. His 13 aces this season are more than twice the amount of any of his teammates, with Oleh Plotnytskyi following on six aces.

 

Modena faced with a huge opportunity

After their impressive win last week, Leo Shoes Modena now have a chance to reach the semi-finals of the competition for the second time, after a break of almost two decades (2002/03 season) when they were known as Casa Modena.

If they are to make it into the next round, the team from Modena will hope that Micah Christenson, the setter with the most points this season (28) will continue his fine form, while Daniele Lavia, the team’s top scorer (87) and one of the top performers of the previous round should bring his own contribution as well.

All eyes on MOTW in the CEV Champions League Volley 2021 Men tonight and for detailed statistics and analysis make sure to tune in to the competition’s dedicated website.


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