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We've got to work on our attitude: Bulgaria coach


Debutants Bulgaria and the Czech Republic met for the first time in the World Grand Prix

 Sendai, Japan, August 17, 2013 – In a match-up of two FIVB World Grand Prix debutants, Bulgaria overcame the Czech Republic 3-2 (20-25, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 15-8) at Sendai City Gymnasium on Saturday. Bulgaria coach Marcello Abbondanza was content but still wants more from his team.

Bulgaria coach Marcello Abbondanza: Tonight, I am happy because we won an important match. I was afraid before this game because I know the Czech Republic is a good team with a good coach. For this reason, tonight I was prepared for a very difficult match. But for my team the problem is every time we play in this Grand Prix with strong teams, we come onto the court with a different attitude from the day before. It’s important that we work on this because the other teams in the Grand Prix are strong; there are no easy games. For us, it is important to understand that when we play a good match, it’s finished and you have to do it again and play another strong match. 

Bulgaria captain Strashimira Filipova: Today, we didn’t start well and made mistakes. We know the Czech Republic very well and they know us, too, so they know how to play against us. In the end, we played aggressively in the tiebreak and won the game, and we’re very happy about this.

Czech Republic captain Aneta Havlickova: First congratulations to Bulgaria. I think we had good moments and bad moments in the match but didn’t play so bad and maybe we just needed a little bit of luck to win. But we can take something from this match. 

Czech Republic coach Carlo Parisi: Today, the team played better than yesterday with a good approach to the match. We had good moments and difficult moments, but made too many mistakes. We played at a higher level than on other days and I hope that tomorrow we can play better again and have a good match against Japan. 

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