. Well, Kurkaev and Volvich are the less effective MB among the names I mentioned . Btw, I like Kurkaev, he is such a leader
I like Kurkaev as well but his level dropped to a point Likhosherstov's float serve is ultimately more useful than all his skills combined. lol
I think a big part of what makes Vlasov great now is Pankov's setting and I'm not sure if Vlasov can do well with other setters. Kurkaev is not having a good season now, but on their best days Kurkaev is better IMO.
Kurkaev had so many injuries. I wish he could play his best in the playoffs.
Zenit couldn't really develop as a team with their intended first line up. Firstly Kliuka and Pashitskyi, then Camejo and lastly Poletaev got injured.
Would they manage to build a solid team? We don't know, but even at the best scenario I still see Kliuka/Camejo passing line as a risky bet. Kliuka and Poletaev haven't shown what they can either even while they were " healthy". Surely though, is, if they want to be a top team, Ursov can't be the defensive option.
Even if Poletaev were there, I don't believe Zenit would have stood a decent chance against Dinamo or even Maaseik in the semifinal.
There's just something wrong with the way Zenit Petersburg constructed its team.