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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Press Conference

Russia beat Spain 3-2 (23-25, 25-22, 26-28, 25-16, 15-13) - duration 2:07
05-Oct, start time: 17:10, end time: 19:17 - Attendance: 2,400
Rafael Pascual (Spain's Captain): "Here we are, losing again in the tiebreak. It was going to be difficult after a defeat like yesterday's and, above all, facing a rival such as Russia, which I think is the best team in the world. Anyway, we performed well. I'm satisfied and I'd like to thank the spectators for making us feel at home."

Rouslan Olikhver (Russia's Captain): "It was a tough match. This is the second match we have won in the tie break. We didn't start well, but our performance improved throughout the game. We are showing in each match what we are capable of."

How do you feel about this World Championship taking into account that your expectations must have higher?
"Rafael Pascual (Spain's Captain): "We haven't left yet. We are here and we expect to play a great match tomorrow."

Francisco Hervas (Spain's Head Coach): "It was a very intense match. Both teams did their best. I'm happy for the effort my players made. We can't be too disappointed that we lost to Russia, one of the best teams in the world."

Guennadi Chipouline (Russia's Head Coach): "I'm satisfied. After a not very good start, we were able to overcome some problems. There are two positive aspects to mention about this match. Firstly, we won. Secondly, the relationship among the players improved, and that's something we couldn't see before."

On the first round you declared that you weren't satisfied with your team. I'd like to know if the team that played today is the one you want or if there are still some things to work on?
Guennadi Chipouline (Russia's Head Coach): "We played greatly. I like our team formation but that doesn't mean that we are not going to include new players if we need to. "

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