Wednesday, 20 June 2018
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Press Info - Press Conference
Guimaraes pleased with start

Brazil celebrate

Jose Roberto GUIMARAES (BRA) - head coach

On Brazil's performance:

"I'm very happy because my team played in a balanced fashion. We were able to maintain good focus on attack and counter-attack. It was very important for us to start the tournament."

"It will be difficult to play Russia. We have an equilibrium with eight teams here. It was important for us to start well."

On which team is the strongest opponent for Brazil:

"The next one, Russia, and then Serbia, then Kazakhstan and then Italy. Every team here is very strong. We will focus on the next game every time."

Helia SOUZA (BRA) - captain

On the match:
"This match has been a little quiet. We didn't know our opponents so what was important today was how our team entered into the game, not how our opponents played."

"We maintained good control of the game and we played a consistent match. This was very important for us."

On her fourth Olympic Games:

"It is a very big feeling. It is something every athlete dreams of but, at this moment, it is like my first time being here."

On how the Brazilian team has changed since Athens 2004:

"Every new cycle, everything changes. Many things have changed in the last four years. Now we are a new group that is looking for a new chapter in our story. Athens has slipped from our minds."

Mouloud IKHEDJI (ALG) - head coach

On Algeria's performance:
"This is our first Olympic Games. Of course, the beginning is very difficult, let alone our opponent Brazil is ranked world number one. We tried our best, but we are very different from them. For example, their captain Fofao (Helia SOUZA - BRA) has a lot of experience in Olympic Games. We tried our best."

Narimene MADANI (ALG) - captain
On Algeria's inability to return the attacks and blocks of Brazil:
"Brazil are very strong. We made some preparations and we watched some videos and studied their tactics, but they are very strong and we tried our best."