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'It was a key match and we prepared well' - Brazil's Guimaraes

Netherlands captain Manon Flier showed her disappointment during the press conference

Brazil coach Jose Guimaraes:
“We played a great match today, especially in terms of serving and blocking, and we did what we thought we could do. We really understood that this was a key match against Holland, and we prepared well for it. I was very happy that we executed what we planned to do. Compared to yesterday, we were very well prepared. We could focus better on the Dutch team. We didn’t know enough about the Czech team yesterday, and didn’t prepare well. We did much more image training for today’s match.”

Brazil captain Fabiana Claudino:
“We played well. We played with the brightness of a Brazilian team. We played fundamentally well, especially. Especially our serve was good today. Holland is very strong in attacking the middle, and we were concerned about this, so we really tried to block that today. Our setter Fabiola really helped the team today, she kept calm under pressure.”

Netherlands coach Avital Selinger:
“I think they played great today, and that’s the reason why it looked that way. If you want to play the world championships, you should be prepared physically and mentally to sustain three matches in a row. Brazil did a great job, they deserve all the credit. From the first ball, they set the tone, and we were not able to convert the chances from the beginning. There were a few chances in defense on relatively easy balls, and Brazil escaped from the difficult situations. When we came into difficult situations, they took advantage of it. They punished us very hard and did not let go. That is what a championship team should do, and no less than that.”

Netherlands captain Manon Flier:
“Comparing to yesterday, we just played our own game against Italy. But today Brazil put a lot of pressure on us from the start They were serving very well and we had problems with our reception. We couldn’t play our combinations like we did yesterday. Our block defense was less than yesterday. Brazil used a lot of tips. We didn’t take the opportunities we had. I’m very disappointed by the way we played, and the result."


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