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CEV U20 M: Coaches expect tough qualification

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The third round qualification tournament in Pool I for the upcoming 2014 CEV U20 Volleyball European Championship - Men, is about to take off in the Serbian city of Ruma. Hosts Serbia, along with the national teams of Finland, Belgium and Greece, will take part.



Sinisa Reljic, head coach of Serbia:  “It is a very difficult tournament.  I think this pool is a lot stronger than the one in Italy.  We have already played with Finland in Hungary in the previous round, but they came here with a couple of new guys.  We have seen their previous matches, and we prepared well, so I expect the first victory tomorrow.”

Pertti Honkanen, head coach of Finland:  “We played two times with Serbia and both times it was very interesting.  We are more or less on the same level, and the details will decide the winner.  Basically, it depends from the trainings, and how well we prepared for the tournament.”

Aristeidis Angelopoulos, head coach of Greece:  “We prepared as much as we could.  We had some problems with the team, and the things are not ideal for us.  But we have to do our best and I hope we manage to win, despite the fact that this pool is so tough that it could easily be a final group at the European Championship.”

Joel Banks, head coach of Belgium:  “We want to qualify, but we expect a very tough tournament and difficult matches.  All of these teams were on the verge of qualifying in the last round.  We must take this one slowly, step by step, and think only about the next match.”


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