Tillie: Bulgaria showed us how to play with fighting spirit


Triple block by Bulgaria against France

Ningbo, China, June 9, 2019 - Bulgaria pulled off an epic comeback 3-2 (18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 15-11) victory over France on Sunday at Beilun Sports and Arts Centre.

France captain Antoine Brizard: "We played pretty bad today. We played two decent sets. Then Bulgaria played better. We served so bad today with a lot of mistakes, without pressure on the Bulgaria’s reception. So it was really hard to stop them after that. So we lost the following three sets."

Bulgaria captain Nikolay Uchikov: "It is a perfect game for us. We did not play so well in the beginning two sets. Of course France is a great team. In some points, maybe they did not focus on things right and we had some luck. I am happy that we built our attack and it is a good thing for us."

France Coach Laurent Tillie: "I think Bulgaria showed us how to play with fighting spirit. It was a good lesson for us. We did too many mistakes. After winning the first two sets, we just waited for the victory. But the fact is if you want to win, you have to go to look for the victory. But that did not happen today. Bulgaria played very well in reception, blocking and attacking. So it is difficult to win a team with these weapons. Congratulations to Bulgaria!"

Bulgaria coach Silvano Prandi: "France started a good match with great attacking. And we payed in the first part of the match because the defence and good attack of France was bad for us. But I would like to congratulate my players for their good mentality. It was not bad in the beginning but grew up during the match. We finished with good attacking, and only service was not good. At the beginning of the season, normally one team wins not because they produce great matches but because they have the capacity to reduce mistakes. The only way to win the matches now for us is to try to reduce mistakes."


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