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Argentina aiming to break losing streak against Germany

Argentina trained in Salta looking for their top-shape to subdue Germany
 Salta, Argentina, May 30, 2014 – Argentina’s northern province of Salta is getting into the World League spirit as the second weekend of action approaches, with home team Argentina and Pool D leader Germany clashing on Saturday and Sunday at the Estadio Delmi.

It’s not going to be an easy task for Argentina as they have lost all eight World League matches against Germany. In five of them, the Europeans prevailed in straight sets. Germany also arrive with back-to-back home victories over Japan, while Argentina failed to overcome France in Mendoza on the opening weekend.

However, the local favourites, coached by Julio Velasco, are ready for the challenge although the coach warned that success does not come easily. 

“It takes time to improve, not just a couple of matches or weeks,” Velasco said at a press conference. “When a player is mature, it's not easy for him to adjust his way of playing. I'm asking each player to improve one single thing, and if all of them do so, we will be much better as a team. We want to play at the same level as Germany. We need to convince ourselves that we are as good as them.”

After landing in Salta on Tuesday, Argentina trained at Estadio Delmi, which acted as one of the venues in the 2002 FIVB Men’s World Championship. 

"We hope to play better than we did against France,” Argentina captain Javier Filardi said. “We are also looking forward to doing even better against Japan next weekend. Our goal is to improve game by game and to play better as a team as the days go on."

The home side will have two new faces: Pablo Bengolea replaces José Luis González as opposite and World League freshman Alejandro Toro joins in place of fellow wing-spiker Lucas Ocampo.

Germany arrived on Thursday, also with some changes from the opening weekend. Veteran Jochen Schöps is out and has been replaced by 209-cm spiker Marvin Prolingheuer, while captain Denys Kaliberda and middle-blocker Jaromir Zachrich also joined the roster, covering for Ferdinand Tille and Tim Broshog. Top scorer Christian Fromm, who uncorked 43 points in the two matches against Japan, remains as one of the major threats in the squad.

Federico Abud, Salta Province Sport Secretary, expressed his gratitude to be hosting the national team again: “We are very pleased to have Argentina here again, as the national team is a mirror for our youngsters. We dream of having a player from Salta performing in the national team in the future.”


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