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Italy must do the double - Simeonov

June 10, 2005 –Italy’s Ventzislav Simeonov says victory in this weekend’s 2005 World League Intercontinental Round Pool B matches against Bulgaria, his country of birth, is imperative if last year’s silver medallists are to reach the final round.

With the winner of each of the three pools guaranteed a spot in the final round, Italy are currently in second place in their group with two victories and two defeats, just ahead of France on set ratio but behind the leaders Cuba, who have only suffered one defeat (at the hands of Italy in round two) from their four matches. Bulgaria are fourth in the group with only one victory.
Pic: Italy have split both their matches against France and Cuba in the first two opening rounds
“We have to win both the matches this weekend if we want to arrive at the Final Four,’ Ventzislav Simeonov said. “Bulgaria obviously needs to win as well but if we will play with more continuity than in the past we should win without problems.”

Italy’s captain Valerio Vermiglio is also hoping to make it a double this weekend and hopes his side can repeat the form, which saw them beat Cuba 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16) in Monza.

“We have to play like the second match against Cuba because Bulgaria is a strong adversary,” he said. “We must control their number six Matey Kaziysky because he is a very strong player and if we can do that we will win both matches.”

The first match is on Friday at 18.30 GMT in Roseto d. Abruzzi.
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