Thanks to a formidable esprit de corps and a super sharp, the Geneva team won 3-1 at Liberec. Return match on November 16 at Sous-Moulin.
In Liberec, Chênois was at the end of the feat. Led by seven points in the fourth set, the Geneva team was able to turn their backs, snatch the bet and win 3-1 (24-26, 25-20 25-22, 25-23) their duel against Dukla at the end of a Homeric part.
If his qualification for the round of 16 of the CEV Cup is not yet in the pocket, his performance is worthy of praise. And to think that it is still evolving without the ex-Milanese Jovan Djokic, its captain and its architect, condemned to stay in Geneva so as not to compromise a long convalescence which puts him to the torture.
For the record, Dejan Radic was the decisive man. His treacherous block, as he has the secret, destroyed the attack of the Cuban Nivaldo, hitherto irresistible, and shattered the illusions of Dukla Liberec, fallen from very high. Yes, the central Serbian had the honor of scoring the point of victory, but this is first and foremost the prerogative of a team, an unshakable collective. “Before the result, which enchants me, it is the strength of character of my group which gives me the most joy and pride”, agrees Marco Camperi, with a smile from ear to ear.
Of course, as expected, Chênois suffered before triumphing over these shock Czechs. He could have given up after the frustrating loss of the first round, the result of some clumsiness. Reaction of pride: he removed the next two “alla grande”, relying on his sharp, an overexcited and carnivorous Strahinja Brzakovic, 31 points on his scoreboard. “He was on fire,” raves the smuggler Robin Rey, also in the thick of it. “For the whole team, the European Cup is a great motivation,” says the Serbian striker.
“Yes, for a few minutes, we lost our minds. But we were able to reconnect it in time thanks to our esprit de corps and the tactical tips of our coach.
Robin Rey, captain of Chênois
Then there was the epilogue which, until 22-18 for Dukla, did not seem to be one. We imagined Chênois, under pressure in reception and rather badly caught in the net, doomed to the tie-break. “Yes, for a few minutes, we lost our heads, concedes Robin Rey. But we were able to reconnect it in time thanks to our esprit de corps and the tactical tips of our coach. We must add the rediscovered verve of the Peruvian Urueña and the last five victorious services of the Brazilian Rammé to explain this stunning and disconcerting final. “Tactics are nothing without technique and heart. This success is that of my players. For nothing in the world, I will not change one”, entrusts Marco Camperi, to the angels.
The return of Martin Demar
“It’s the best collective on the ground that won,” bows Martin Demar, the Czech coach, twice Swiss champion with Chênois in 1996 and 1997! More than twenty years later and a long career in France, he will find Sous-Moulin in a week for a revenge not stung by the beetles. “I hope that there, my team will look like me, that it will have desire and character,” he said. Yes, the return match promises other great emotions.
Pascal Bornand follows local sport as a correspondent in Geneva. A sports journalist for forty years, a specialist in athletics and cycling, he has covered many major events (Olympic Games, Football World Cup, Tour de France) and received the Nicolas Bouvier Prize in 2016.More informations