Despite a far superior 2003 World League record, Brazilian coach Bernardo "Bernardinho" Rezende is taking nothing for granted ahead of this weekend's two Intercontinental Round matches against Germany in Berlin.
World Champions Brazil are in top spot in Pool B, ahead of Italy on Set Ratio difference, having won five of their six World League matches while Germany sit ahead of Portugal on Set Ratio difference at the bottom of the table with a solitary victory.
"We played against Germany in the World League two years ago, it was my second match as coach of the Brazil's men," said Bernardinho. "I remember that my team finished with two close 3-1 victories and especially the German service troubled my team.
"The density of power is very close in men's Volleyball. If we don't perform with 100%, we will lose. That's a good thing for the sport, but not for the coach."
Brazil has been in top form so far in this tournament but will be playing with out their captain Nalbert who is resting at home. Germany is also missing their captain, Stefan Hübner, who is injured but coach Stelian Moculescu is still happy with his side's chances.
"Brazil is the World Champion but we didn't play at the World Championship - these are good conditions," Moculescu said. "It isn't funny that Stefan Hübner won't play. After all, next to Gustavo, he is one of the best middle blockers in the world. Also, he is a leader, who pushes the team on court."
In the last match up between these two sides in Germany Brazil won both 2001 World League matches 3-1.