SC Potsdam in the Volleyball Champions League: Europe’s surprise

Status: 30.01.2023 19:00

SC Potsdam’s volleyball gamers had been profitable once more this season and brought on a giant surprise, particularly at the worldwide stage. Now they’ve a possibility in the Champions League that nobody anticipated.

“It was completely loopy,” SC Potsdam coach Guillermo Hernandez remembers of considered one of the greatest victories in the membership’s historical past two weeks in the past. Underdogs Brandenburg, who began their first Champions League season with little ambition, surprised the reigning champions in a tie-break in Istanbul. It was one other excessive level in a unending success story.

SC Potsdam scored an sudden victory over the leaders


Luck got here with Hernandez

Hernandez has been the coach at Potsdam since 2018 and has spearheaded the membership’s exceptional rise, which culminated in a primary title final 12 months – successful the Super Cup – and a second championship. Managers and specialists imagine that teaching is the most essential key to success. The Spaniard himself is considerably reserved: “Others who say this should even be judged. What distinguishes me is that I contain the folks round me in the membership as a lot as potential. In many different golf equipment, coaches need an excessive amount of management. and don’t delegate something. Everyone is a vital a part of the course of for us.”

He additionally managed to draw one or the different worldwide participant to Potsdam. In addition to his Bundesliga commitments, Hernandez is the nationwide coach of Greece. “That’s why I’ve lots of data about worldwide volleyball and community. I spend lots of time the market and gamers,” he says. For instance, he noticed the highly effective diagonal ahead Anette Nemeth for the first time in a pleasant match in opposition to Greece. Today he’s considered one of the finest performers of SCP.

Thus, Hernández has now assembled a powerful workforce that’s consistently evolving and in concord with one another. “The core of the workforce has been the similar for 2 years. This is our large benefit over different groups,” the coach believes.

The surprise workforce of the Champions League

The course of appears to be paying off once more this season. They are sizzling on the heels of leaders Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, with a cup closing in opposition to Schwerin on February 26 and an ideal likelihood for the title with it. But, initially, the newcomers in the European competitors are in all probability the present workforce. “Before the season, we mentioned to ourselves: Our aim needs to be to complete third in the group. We nearly achieved that,” says sports activities director Tony Rieger. Third, they may play internationally after the group stage and qualify for the second-tier CEV Cup.

SC Potsdam volleyball players support.  (Photo: IMAGO / Beautiful Sports)

Potsdam girls clearly beat Erfurt


However, with a surprise win in opposition to Istanbul and a earlier win in opposition to Belgrade, there might be extra to return as Italian giants Igor Gorgonzola Novara transfer simply 5 factors away from third-placed Potsdam. When each groups meet and win on Tuesday (19:30), SCP will all of a sudden style second place and stay in the Champions League. “This time we have now to serve higher and be constant in block and area protection,” Rieger analyzed the 1-3 loss in the first recreation.

On the eve of the recreation, however with success, the proven fact that every thing can proceed in the European premier class shouldn’t be an issue for the workforce. “It creates stress. We need to play the recreation like everybody else. Of course, if we win, there’s a likelihood. But anyway, we have now to win the final recreation in opposition to Belgrade. So we cannot speak about it but,” mentioned coach Hernandez.

We are wanting ahead to the closing of the group stage

In truth, his workforce wanted to win each of their closing two video games in the group stage to remain in rivalry, hoping for 2 Italian losses. If they had been to lose in opposition to Novara, they might nonetheless want a win in their closing recreation in opposition to Crvena Zvezda Belgrade to realize their CEV Cup goal set by sporting director Rieger with out slipping to final place. The stress in the group stage closing at Potsdam’s MBS Arena on February 8 couldn’t have been increased.

Annette Nemeth of SC Potsdam.  / imago images/Jan Huebner

SC Potsdam received its first Champions League match


The Potsdam girls narrowly received their first match in Serbia in a tie-break in early January. It was their first Champions League win in the membership’s historical past. For coach Hernández, the anticipation for the second leg, which is essential in entrance of the followers, is large and he’s anticipating a full home: “It shall be nice. I feel we’re breaking all attendance information for a really small membership. We know this fixed assist, you normally see large groups and it is crucial for us.”

More than 2,000 spectators got here to the sold-out MBS Arena in the Bundesliga recreation in opposition to Schwerin. He needs to be match once more in the essential recreation in opposition to Belgrade. Perhaps many followers will witness SC Potsdam’s subsequent surprise success and progress to the subsequent spherical of the Champions League.

Message: rbb24, 30.01.2023, 21:45


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