Finland aim to stage upset of Pool C leaders Belgium in Tampere
Finland coach Tuomas Sammelvuo and his players aim to stage an upset on Pool C leaders Belgium on the final week of the Intercontinental Round of the FIVB Volleyball World League|
Tampere, Finland, July, 2, 2014 – Finland want
to make a major upset on Pool C leaders Belgium when they face each other in
Tampere on Friday and Saturday on the final week of the Intercontinental Round of the FIVB Volleyball World League.
Belgium are certainly in a good position to
advance to the Final Four of Group 2. Finland are now third in Pool C, where a
five point difference separate them and second place team Canada. The Finns,
however, are in good spirits to play well against the Belgians.
“We want to play good volleyball on both
occasions, and at the same time win it,” Finland coach Tuomas Sammelviou said. “This
is an important week for our team. It is important that we concentrate well on
both matches and end our World League season well. Then we can go on the short
break satisfied and then we can start the preparations for the FIVB Volleyball
Men’s World Championship in Poland.”
Sammelvuo salutes the efforts of Belgium in
their first World League appearance.
“Belgium have become a very strong team in
the last few years,” Sammelvuo said. “In the World League, they have played
consistently compared to the other teams in the pool.”
One of the key players of Finland, Olli
Kunnari, took note of the characteristics of the Belgian team on offence and
“Belgium play so fast, that cause the
middle blockers to have difficulties when they try to block their attacks,” Kunnari
said. “I hope that this weekend we can play two good matches.”
Finland will play Belgium with the same
players, who were in the roster against Canada last weekend. The Finns are
giving their best shot as their top players will suit up for the matches
against Belgium, except for middle blocker Matti Oivanen who is suffering from
a back injury.
The video interview (in Finnish) of coach Tuomas Sammelvuo and Konstantin Shumov can be viewed below: