London 2012

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"We want to win so much because it is the Olympic Games" says an euphoric Teodor Salparov, Bulgaria's libero

Tsvetan Sokolov, here in a moment of fair play with Italy's vet Luigi Mastrangelo, was once again Bulgaria's top scorer with 21 points

London, Great Britain, August 6, 2012 – “Nobody expected that we could perform so well but we have shown the world that no one can mess with us” said Bulgaria’s Todor Aleksiev after a stellar 3-0 over the 2011 European silver medalists of Italy. “When we play as a team, no one can stop us”.
“This is a very big victory for all Bulgarians and of course we want to win so much. It is the Olympic Games” added libero Teodor Salparov. “Today we won with great emotion. We have young guys in the team and for nine it is their first Olympic Games. We are just happy”.
Man of the match (21 points) Tsvetan Sokolov pointed out: “It was a very hard match but we played good volleyball at a high level. We have fire because everyone in this team is very young. Everybody wants to play with emotion”.

“We made technical and tactical mistakes. We didn’t start well, the first problem is on our side of the court. We have a very big problem in this sense” said Italy diagonal player Michal Lasko.
“They (Bulgaria) have a way of playing. We have to change tactics. We are trying to find out everything that is wrong” said Ivan Zaytsev. “As for the 1/4 finals, USA are very good, it will be tough as we are not playing very well at the moment”.
“We are angry because what happened on the court was exactly what happened two days ago (when Italy played Australia), but the quality of our opponents was higher today and it was more difficult for us to come back. Now we have 48 hours to see what we are made of” concluded coach Mauro Berruto. “I've seen them play very well, but also very badly. Volleyball is a strange sport, everyone thought Bulgaria was coming in poor shape and now they have won the pool”.


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