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Rezende looking for marked improvement from defending champs 

June 2, 2005 - The opening weekend of the 2005 World League in Caracas, Venezuela already saw the Olympic champions Brazil claim two victories, but according to coach Bernardo Rezende his team still has plenty of work to do if they are to defend their World League title.

On their return from Venezuela, where Brazil surprisingly conceded three sets across the two matches, Rezende and his team headed straight to the Brazilian Volleyball Development Centre in Rio de Janiero to iron out some of their problems ahead of their round two contest with Portugal in Lisbon.
Pic: Brazil beat Venezuela 3-1 (25-19, 32-34, 25-22, 37-35) and 3-2 (23-25, 25-21, 25-10, 20-25, 15-13) in round one
It promises to be an enthralling encounter this weekend with both sides having recorded two wins from as many matches in Pool A and both sides desperate to gain the early ascendancy in their quest for a final round spot.

Such is the importance of this weekend’s matches, Rezende is expected to take 14 players with Renato Felizardo and Giba or Gustavo set to join the 12 who played in Venezuela.

"Gustavo and Giba are an option but their not quite in the right condition to play", Bernardinho said. "In the training sessions in Rio, we will try to correct the areas of play where we let ourselves down against Venezuela. Two main points are the spiking and receiving while we also need to work on our blocking.”

Brazil’s first game against Portugal is on Saturday at 16:00 (local time) followed by the second on Sunday at the same time.
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