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France team unchanged ahead of World League rematch with Germany

France won twice away to Germany in week three
Rouen, France, June 12, 2014 - France won twice away to Germany last weekend and are yet to drop any points in FIVB Volleyball World League pool D, prompting coach Laurent Tillie to name an unchanged team for the matches against Germany in Rouen and Toulouse in week four.

Why change a winning team? Tillie has decided to prepare the two games this weekend with the same 12 players selected in week three. The matches take place in Rouen on Friday (20.00) and in Toulouse on Sunday (16.00) and the group D leaders, who are on a streak of six wins, will be near full-strength against their German opponents. Earvin Ngapeth, however, is still recovering from a shoulder injury picked up in April.

France demonstrated impressive control last weekend in Stuttgart, where they lost only one set. Two wins this weekend would see them take a huge step in the direction of the Final Four tournament in Sydney, which takes place from July 11-13 and is the last stage before the Final Six tournament in Florence from July 16-20, which will gather the best teams in the world. Tillie's team leads its group with six points more than Argentina and ten points more than Germany. Their main objective is to continue progressing with the World Cup in Poland on the horizon.

France captain Benjamin Toniutti, however, knows that the double encounter with Germany, even at home, will be difficult: "We are waiting for a German reaction. I think they will come to win because they do not want to lose three times in a row against us. We are waiting for that and we expect a tough game. They missed the first match, but the second time they caused us many problems. We expect similar games on Friday and on Sunday."


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