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Critical weekend ahead for Cuba says coach

Busto Arsizio, Italy, June 3, 2005 – Cuba coach Roberto Gracia says this weekend’s 2005 World League Intercontinental Round two is crucial in their aim to reaching the final round in Serbia and Montenegro.

With the winner’s of each pool qualifying for the final round, Cuba currently leads Pool B with two wins from as many matches and any further victories against last year’s silver medalists Italy, would send Cuba well on their way to achieving their goal.

“The two matches against Italy in Busto Arsizio and Monza are two crucial turning points in our adventure in the World League,” Garcia said. “We would like to reach the finals in Belgrade and, why not, to repeat the success in Milan in 1998. What a great day for Volleyball in Cuba! But now we have to succeed with our first target: Italy.”
Pic: Cuba beat Bulgaria twice in the opening weekend
Italian coach Gian Paolo Montali is equally apprehensive about this weekend’s matches. “Cuba is a very strong team and they have impressed me,” he said. “They have players like Juantorena, Bell and Gonzales that have played together and most of all players that are very well prepared and very motivated after the friendly games they played against Argentina and Greece. Then the success in the opening series against Bulgaria is something you must not take for granted.”


 
 
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