The Imoco closes a circle: at Palaverde they find Perugia, which inflicted the last knockout before the world record series
With the new “rosé” uniform inspired by the jersey sponsor, the Prosecco Doc Imoco wants to start again today and start winning again, after an unpleasant but painless stop. Today’s match against Perugia, an advance of the 10th first leg of the regular season, is a match that offers many ideas, which go beyond the difference in the standings (Conegliano first, the penultimate Umbrians). The visiting team needs points after losing to Vallefoglia, a direct competitor for salvation, and this will have to keep Wolosz and teammates on the alert, who have tasted the taste of defeat after two years. Before Florence, the “Black Angels” had the merit of beating the new world champions. «The other day we lost the first game in a long time – says the captain – and interrupted our record streak, but we certainly don’t make a drama out of it. We are proud of what we have done, two years without losing is a great undertaking, but now we can also say that we have removed this burden and we can look forward and start again for the next goals. We are recovering some players who will be very important and we are preparing well for the World Cup which will see us busy in ten days in Turkey, we care a lot. These matches against fierce opponents such as Florence on Wednesday and Perugia as it will be today, are very useful because they allow us to test the group in view of Ankara. We are expecting a combative Perugia, but we want to go back to toast a victory and doing it with the new pink jerseys dedicated to our Prosecco would be a great satisfaction ».
On the Umbrian side it is the president Antonio Bartoccini who spurs his team. “It’s time to give a strong signal, I expect from the girls a ready desire to make up for it and that they take the field giving their best regardless of who they are in front of, Conegliano is a top-level team and it will be very tough, but I want to see a team that fight on all the balls and don’t make unnecessary mistakes, in short, the Black Angels from now on will have to play every game with the devil in their bodies ».
In his personal derby Daniele Santarelli from Foligno puts his hands forward once again, giving credit to his opponents and knowing that he has not yet found the best balance with the panthers. «I consider Perugia a stronger team than what its ranking says. So let’s not be fooled, it will be another battle as it happened on Wednesday, confirming the very high level of the Italian championship where any team this year can be very dangerous ».
With only two games to play before the World Cup, it is also possible to see some changes in the sextet tonight, for example with Wolosz and De Kruijf returning to sextet. In addition, it will be an evening in which to fill up on the thrust of the fans, who will return to Palaverde after Christmas. “It is the last home game before starting to tour Europe, always traveling between the Champions League and the Club World Cup. We want to make the most of it to give satisfaction to our fans that we will see again only in the match in Santo Stefano and resume the journey after the stop on Wednesday. We are working with a view to the World Championship and these races are important as steps towards an event we care a lot about ». –