Ivaylo Petev, Bulgaria coach
We lost two points. Congratulations to the players who played with enthusiasm and zeal. Each of them met the assigned tactical tasks. At this stage the players did everything that they can do. Our chances of participating in the final remain. We will try to catch up to the leaders.
Bulgaria goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov, who had a spell at Hellas Verona FC last season, is looking forward to playing against his childhood idol Gianluigi Buffon:
For me he has always been the best goalkeeper in the world as will always be. I remember, when I was a kid, that Hristo Stoichkov brought me Buffon's kit and gloves. I put them near my bed and now they are in a frame. Of course, there are other great goalkeepers, but for me Buffon will always be my number one. I have never compared the coaches. I respect all of them. Our new coach Ivaylo Petev has ideas, the atmosphere inside the team is great.
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