Modena, Italy, October 7, 2010 – USA coach Alan Knipe expects the matches for 5th to 8th place in Modena this weekend to be of the same quality as those in the final four in Rome.
USA face Germany and Russia take on Bulgaria on Friday with the winners and losers of those matches squaring off the next day at Modena's PalaPanini to decide the 5-8 positions in the 2010 FIVB Men's World Championship. The teams playing for medals in Rome are defending champions Brazil, Serbia, Cuba and hosts Italy.
"We can expect the standard of Volleyball in Modena to be the same as in Rome," Knipe said during the press conference held at the Hotel Raffaelo on Thursday afternoon after the team briefing with the FIVB Control Committee presided by Mrs Marta Centeno de Sajche.
"Each one of the coaches here had the same goal of playing in Rome but that didn't happen for some reason," Knipe added. "The important thing is that we are here to play good Volleyball."
Silvano Prandi, coach of Bulgaria, said his team were going through a difficult moment after the loss to Cuba in five sets the previous night. "Disappointment is the key word," Prandi said. "But the consolation I have is to see the familiar faces of my friends from Modena. That for sure will help me to overcome the difficult moment and then I will try to help my players with their mentality."
Daniele Bagnoli, the coach of Russia, predicted a great match between his side and Bulgaria on Friday. "Obviously we are disappointed for what happened against Serbia," Bagnoli said. "We all wanted to be in Rome but the Serbians played a great match. Now we have to recharge our batteries and do a good job here in Modena. The match against Bulgaria should be a good one."
Meanwhile Raul Lozano, the coach of Germany, said he was satisfied to have finished among the top eight teams but at the same time expressed his sadness at his side's failure to play better against Brazil in Wednesday's 3-0 defeat. "None of us are in a comfortable position because we are all coming from losing an important match," the Argentinian said. "But we are going to give our best in Modena.
"We had the dream of playing a good match against Brazil," Lozano added. "Our goals were not as high as the other coaches here. We are now in a position among the top eight that we had not been in for the last 20 years." Bruno Da Re, an executive member of the local organising committee confirmed that the PalaPanini was sold out for Saturday's matches.
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