Nayden Naydenov: The Game with CAI is Crucial for the Third Place in the Pool
Both teams are leaders in their domestic leagues before this Thursday’s clash at Samokov
Bulgaria’s rookie Marek Union-Ivkoni Dupnitsa will be trying to seize the night this coming Thursday at Samokov hall where they host Spain’s CAI Teruel for the third round of action in Pool F of the 2013 CEV Volleyball Champions League. The hosts started their historical first campaign in the competition by losing 1-3 in Turkey to Arkas Spor Izmir and then suffered a home 0-3 defeat to Belgian Noliko Maaseik so they currently sit at the bottom of the standings in their group.
The team recently suffered its first setback in the Bulgarian Superliga – 2-3 at Levski Volley Sofia, but still remains on top of the table with 13 points out of five matches. “We suffered this loss but this shall not have an impact on our European clash with CAI,” head coach Nayden Naydenov commented. ”This game is crucial to determine who is going to end third in the pool and we will be doing our best to bring it home. In the last two matches our young players felt much pressure and this has affected the quality of their performance. I want them to stay calm and show all of their potential to make our fans happy.”
CAI recently downed Zaragoza in straight sets and is the current leader of Spain’s domestic Superliga. This result certainly provided the group with the right boost of energy before they travel to Bulgaria to play Marek on November 15 at 19:30 EET.