Khabarovsk, Russia, June 27, 2009 – After a performance that disappointed a supportive crowd of 7,000 at the Platinum Arena in Khabarovsk, world No. 3 Russia will work to improve its game on Sunday when it faces No. 4 Bulgaria in the second match of the weekend in the 2009 World League Pool C.
Russian head coach Daniele Bagnoli expects his players react to the 1-3 defeat in the first match on Saturday.
"We had the same situation in Cuba last weekend when we lost in the fist match and took revenge the next day," said Bagnoli after the first match. "Watching the game from outside the court tonight I saw perfectly what we had to change to improve our performance. My goal is that the players learn from today’s match so they can also understand what it has to be changed."
Bagnoli will no doubt continue to make a lot of substitutions as he has done throughout the World League so far. "I would like to see all my guys playing in difficult situations. I want to know who is capable to do his best when the team gets into trouble and who is not," he said.
Bulgarian head coach Silvano Prandi believes that the second match will be much more difficult for his team to play than the first one. "Tomorrow we’ll have to cope with some additional pressure as now we have to prove that we didn’t win in Russia only by chance," said Prandi. "For me it will be very interesting to see if my players manage to show good consistency and play really well one more time."