BOLOGNA – The wait is over, tonight at 9 pm at the Segafredo Arena the scudetto finals will start (best of 7 games series) between Virtus reigning champion andOlimpia Milan. It is the rematch of last season when the V-Nere overwhelmed 4-0 an Olimpia at the end of their strength after the very tough Euroleague season (3rd place at the Final Four 2021), this year the series promises sparks and emotions. Segafredo arrives with the home factor in favor, a complete, deep and physical roster led from abroad by Milos Theodosic and from the leadership of Daniel Hackett, all with the desire to crown a season that has already seen her win the Super Cup at the beginning of the year and then the EuroCup complete with a direct pass to the Euroleague. Milan, on the other hand, after the elimination in the Euroleague Playoffs against Efes (3-1), has regrouped, has found the right physical condition and coach Messina has chosen the 12 who will play the title with also the important return of Nicolò Melli.
The words of the coaches: Scariolo
The host, Sergio Scariolo: “It seems to me a balanced final, with two excellent teams, with strong points and weak points, difficult to make predictions. Our season is already good, two titles have already arrived: when you have the second budget of the championship and reach the final you have done your duty. Then you have to see how you get there: in every series you start from scratch and what counts only is to do well in the first game – adds – I have lived through seven-game series and I have seen all kinds of games, we will try to regulate ourselves based on what the pitch tells us. Milan has recovered some players, they are in excellent condition and have made some great playoffs. Both mentally and physically we are two teams that reach this final in similar conditions“
The words of the coaches: Messina
The Olimpia coach Ettore Messina: “I hope it will be a balanced series, I hope difficult for both teams, a series that we hope to play well. I also think that with two full sports halls it can be a series that will do the good of Italian basketball, as an image, as an audience, as a follow-up. We are fine physically, in the playoffs we had more time to prepare, we simplified a few things and we are doing them at a different pace which helped us improve the offensive numbers. – adds – Regardless of the predictions, we know that expectations in Milan are always high, what is important is that the players enter the field knowing that if we do certain things well we will have more opportunities to win and otherwise we will have less.“
Scudetto finals that are confirmed as the best of 7 races by playing every 48 hours. Race 1 And 2 will be played on 8 and 10 June (21:00) at the Segafredo Arena, on Sunday 12 and Tuesday 14 June the series will move to the Mediolanum Forum in Assago for Race 3 And 4. In case the series is prolonged: Race 5 in Bologna on June 16, Race 6 in Milan on 18 and if necessary la decisive Race 7 Monday 20 June.
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