I'm watching the Germany friendly and Klyuka looks more and more like a starter to me. Аnd I'm afraid to say, so does Kovalev. Klyuka is playing opp though. These two seem to be the only people on the roster interested in winning anything.
My first-hand impressions from yesterdays match against Germany are, that i am still not sure about Klyuka (he played OH yesterday), but things got really better for Russia when Kovalev took over from Grankin after first set. Grankin was really really bad
Set 2 and 3 was good old "old school" russian volleyball. Serve and Block and Mikhailov on Op were awsome. In second set alone, they made 11 kill blocks . Alekno tried all his OHs and Sivozhelez was probably the best of them. not sure about the rest, i didn't keep book.