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Butko: Playing at home is big joy and big pressure

Saint Petersburg, August 9, 2019 - Russia outclassed Mexico with the support of the home crowd in the first game of their Olympic qualifiers in Saint Petersburg.

Alexander Butko, Russia setter: “We have a fantastic atmosphere here in Saint Petersburg. Playing at home is always a big joy and also a big pressure. Its wonderful that we were able to get this first victory easy enough, it will let us feel more sure in tomorrow clash with Cuba. As for me personally, I’ve just recently joined the team and still didn’t find my best physical conditions. Let’s hope I’ll feel better from game to game”.

Tuomas Sammelvuo, Russia head coach: “This game could seem quite easy for us, but that’s a wrong opinion. We hadn’t enough game practice for some time, so we’ll need some time to get the right game rhythm. That’s why I tried almost all my players. Everybody has to feel themselves in the game”.

Pedro Rangel, Mexico captain: “Russia is a huge team, much higher than ours. So it’s no surprise that we had a big problems in attack. But we don’t have to be upset. We have a lot of newcomers in our roster now. They’ve got a very important experience tonight”.

Jorge Azair, Mexico head coach: “Of course we knew that Russia is one of the strongest teams in the world, especially in blocking. But still I’m sure we could play much better, if we did better in reception”.

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