Three matches into the 2009 World League season, one of
the favorites, Bulgaria, stands at a crossroads: define their style
or win at all costs.
Coach Silvano Prandi has introduced a brand new system
for Bulgaria, but the "Lions" have yet to grow accustomed to it.
The dilemma was solved, at least for the time being, on
Saturday when Bulgaria beat Japan for their first win at the tournament.
However, the victory has to be garnished with much better play.
The Bulgarian players have to move fast forward if they
hope to satisfy their spoiled fans, who have grown accustomed to seeing great
performances against mighty rivals over the years.
One of the easiest ways to do that would be for the team
to get inspired: by the crowd, the anthem and by their own play.
The absence of injured captain Plamen Konstantinov can be
seen in reception but his young replacements, Ananiev and Aleksiev, have it in
their minds to step up and replace him.
A second win against Japan would go a long way to
righting the ship and steadying the team as it progresses in the World League.