“I think that we had prepared very accurately for this game and we had carefully analyzed our opponent, taking our lesson from the defeat we had suffered in the group stage,” said Halkbank team captain Matey Kaziyski. “Our plans worked just fine, we especially pressured them a lot with our serves and this way we could prevent them from playing their fast game and from using their excellent first tempo. I would like to thank all those who came here this afternoon to cheer on us and hope that even more will be attending the final match on Sunday.”
“I have a lot of respect for Lorenzo and for his players who have worked very hard to make it to the Finals,” added Halkbank mentor Radostin Stoytchev. “That said, I think that if you register only 28% of efficiency in reception like they did in the second set, in modern Volleyball you definitely do not stand a chance to win a set. As for tomorrow, it is self-evident that I expect a very difficult game. I still do not know exactly how we can stop their middle-blockers, but as I said in yesterday’s press conference when I quoted Nelson Mandela, a winner is a dreamer who never gives up. I know that tomorrow we have a very difficult task but for sure I am not going to come to the sports hall to surrender and give in that easily.”
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