After a win and a loss in the Netherlands last weekend, Serbia and Montenegro coach Veselin Vukovic says his team must eliminate their mistakes when they host Bulgaria in Pool C this weekend in Week 3 of the World League.
"We are not thinking of the imperative of winning, but of the fact that we have to correct all the mistakes made during the second match in Eindhoven," Vukovic said. "We shall think of Bulgaria one step at a time, first about the match in Belgrade and then a step further, the one in Podgorica.
"When I said that it was good that Bulgaria is in our Pool, after China abstained from their participation, I was thinking of avoiding another long journey. As for the quality of the Bulgarian team, they are surely a better team and the Pool definitely gained in quality and in uncertainty regarding the ranking."
Last weekend's matches featured a double anniversary with Serbia and Montenegro (formely Yugoslavia) playing their 300th set in the World League in the first match, while the second match in Eindhoven was their 80th in the World League. The result of the third set in the second match in Eindhoven was 32-30 to the Dutch team, the second highest losing set score for Serbia and Montenegro in the World League. The record stands in 2000, when Argentina beat "the Blue Team" 33-31.
Star players Ivan Miljkovic and Dula Mester are due to return to the Serbia and Montenegro lineup this weekend, adding to their already potent lineup.
There has only been one previous match between Serbia and Montenegro (formerly Yugoslavia) and Bulgaria in the World League in 1998, during the semi-finals in Belgrade, which Serbia and Montenegro won 3-1.