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Germany aim for two wins over Bulgaria

Setter Patrick Steuerwald says the side will look to bounce back into contention for a Final Round spot this weekend as they face Bulgaria
Bremen, Germany, June 15, 2011 – Germany will need to take every opportunity against Bulgaria this weekend in Bremen as the hosts look to jump them in Pool C where they currently sit third.

Bulgaria are currently on course for a spot in the Final Round but it could all change this weekend with Germany looking to use their home advantage to overtake their European rivals.

The German Team travelled to the venue on Tuesday with an unchanged side except for Lukas Kampa who was injured last week.
After the split of points against bottom of the table Japan, the team is under a lot of pressure.

“It is more difficult to reach our goal now, we have to improve our stability and score double,” setter Patrick Steuerwald said.

Team captain Robert Kromm also wants to win but added that the pressure should be on Bulgaria.

“I don’t feel the pressure,” he said. “Bulgaria and Russia are world class teams, we are not the favourites.”

Maybe the Bulgarian style of play will prove to be an advantage for the German team instead of the unfamiliar Asian style of play. The Bulgarians as well as the Russians are more athletic, don’t play as fast and are not as good in defence as the agile Japanese.

Opposite Vladimir Nikolov, who was due to have surgery on his shoulder returns to the Bulgaria side and the home side will have to deal with him along with star player Matey Kaziyski’s power in spikes and serves.

“It will be a hard piece of work, but we now need victories,” Marcus Böhme concluded.


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