15. 03. 2019

RUS M: This is what Tuomas Sammelvuo will change in the Russian national team

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The head coach of Kuzbass and a head coach of Kuzbass has talked about the job that he recently accepted – to become the head coach of men’s Russian team.


Volleyball is my favorite job, and I will do everything possible to make the Russian team win. It is clear that there will always be people around who are emotionally responsive to the things that are happening; when you win - well done, when you lose – that’s not ok. This is a normal and inevitable situation for any coach.

I think it’s not often possible to work with the Russian national team, and when the proposal came, I said yes. For me, this is a big challenge. After six years in the Finnish national team, I was somehow in the comfort zone, and it was time to get out of it. I like this feeling of something new, the anticipation of professional growth.

First of all, you need to understand what are the strengths of the Russian national team. First of all, it is a physically strong attack. This team has always been strong in the attack. Each trainer adds something of his own, presenting his ideas. I really respect what my predecessors did, the Russian team won many titles. I would like to improve the variability of the attack and the quality of protection so that nothing easily falls on our court. This is an important element, and I will try to implant such a mentality. We will try to build a good command system "block protection". Of course, the flow with the reception and the work of the libero are also important.

In the list of potential players in the team 40 people. No one will be left without attention. I know that the final tournament is taking place in Japan. A Finnish coach works at Toyoda Gosei, and he told me about the game of Musersky in the diagonal position, I watched a few matches. Nevertheless, so far I see no point in discussing specific players, since there are many important games ahead,” says the head coach of the men’s Russian team.



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