Chinenyeze is a key member of the French national team, with whom he lifted the 2017 World League, won silver in the 2018 VNL and the Olympic Gold in 2021. About to face the VNL with the selection of his country (debut against Italy), “Babar”, this is his nickname, he looks forward to wearing the jersey of the champions of the SuperLega Credem Banca and to print bullets in series there where Simon has enchanted everyone for years
In the first three seasons in Italy Chinenyeze convinced with numbers, confirming himself already an expert for his age. In the two years in Calabria the new Lube place 3 scored 488 points in 55 games (with 88 blocks), while in Milan he played 29 games scoring 310 points, 77 blocks and 17 aces. With his average of 2.90 blocks per set, in the Regular Season Babar was preceded only by Simon and Di Martino by a whisker (2.96).
That the bases were excellent Barthelemy had already shown it years ago in his country, closing the 2018/19 season as MVP and best central with the Tours shirt, with which he won the championship and the national cup. A sort of consecration that came after the experiences in the Polish championship with Resovia (2017/18) and first at home with the Toulouse shirt (2016/17).
THE WORDS OF BARTHELEMY CHINENYEZE-
Since the retirement of the French national team in Canada, a few days after his debut in the VNL 2022, the transalpine central Barthelemy Chinenyeze has faced his first interview after the official transfer to Cucine Lube. From aspiring doctor to volleyball star, the best central of the Olympics proves to have clear ideas and to be ready to embrace Civitanova … in search of a winning soundtrack!
La Lube is a train that doesn’t run every day! Do not you think?
” Absolutely! It means that I have worked well and am reaping the rewards! “.
Do you think your performance in the Coppa Italia match has had an influence?
“In the quarter-final match against Lube at the Eurosuole Forum I played a really good match, but certain evaluations are made over the course of a whole season and I think I got off well between the French national team and Allianz Milano”.
What do you expect from the next vintage? You will have the Scudetto on your chest!
«It is not easy to get to the team that won the title, first of all because it is a challenge to be confirmed and Civitanova has won three Scudetti in a row, upsetting all the balances. Even this year it was very hard. Besides me there will be other grafts, so we will have to settle down. It will be a great personal challenge! I have good feelings, I feel we can do great things together! “.
You know the SuperLega well! How long did it take you these three years?
«The SuperLega is the most beautiful and difficult tournament in the world. If you can make your way to Italy you can play anywhere! I have grown a lot and it could not have been otherwise given that all matches are complicated and training. Even the sessions in the gym with my own mates helped me, the level was really high! “.
You have faced the Lube multiple times! What struck you as a rival?
“Completeness without a doubt. There was not a single player to limit but all the strengths! When you compete with so many champions together, the pitfalls can come from every single opponent. I am not referring only to the owners, but also to the bench. Plus, Lube is just as strong at home as they are away! “.
Does picking up Simon’s legacy at the center put pressure on you or does it stimulate you?
«It motivates me a lot to arrive in a department that included a world-famous champion capable of winning everything at Lube. The fans are in love with it! I am here to make a great contribution! I want to test myself! Even if I’m not Simon, I can make a difference on the pitch and I will work to make it happen! “.
You are young, but you have already made a difference! Your greatest joy?
«Winning an Olympic gold is unmatched. For me it was great to do it at the first try and close the event as MVP in my role! “.
You have little free time, what is your passion off the pitch?
” I love music! My life must have a soundtrack. I hear songs when I train, when I drive and when I am alone at home. With Italian music I still have to improve, but if you need a DJ you have found it! .
Dj at parties, but also a missed doctor! You are full of surprises!
“Before making my way as a volleyball player I dreamed of becoming a doctor, actually. Then life presented me with a choice. I’m so happy! I can’t wait to play with the new shirt and get to know the Marche supporters! “.
#Barthelemy #Chinenyeze #shows #Civitanova