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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Press Conference

Argentina beat Greece 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-20) - duration 1:20
11-Oct, start time: 21:10, end time: 22:30 - Attendance: 10,250
Marios Gkiourdas (Captain GRE): "It was a tough game for us. In the first two set we tried to win but it was difficult with the crowd supporting them all the time. And in the last set Argentina played very well."

Stellios Prosalikas (Head Coach GRE): "Argentine's victory was fair. They played a better defense and during the third set the crowd influenced us. Our serve wasn't that good either."

Marcos Milinkovic (Captain ARG): "It was a very difficult match because we were very disappointed after the loss with France. We gave our maximum again. The technical team was very important to recover our spirit, and happily we could show it tonight. This match was very important for us because we are among the best six of the world."

Q: To defeat Italy two times, is this a dream for you? Who do you prefer Russia or Brazil?
A: "To finish the tournament defeating Italy two times to end up the Championship with only one lost in a fifth place would be great."
I will support Russia because if Brazil win they'll be unbearable".

Carlos Getzelevich (Head Coach ARG): "This match means a lot for us because after Wednesday's lost again France we were very sad. And thanks to the player we could revert our feelings. We felt that we owned to the people for supporting us".

Q: Argentina had their best performance against Italy and now you have to face them again. How do you feel about that?
A: "This is another match. Our virtue was to go step by step. Now we will have to play im our 100% of our possibilities".

Q: Are you going to find a change in Italy because Samuele Papi's inclusion? How did you see Leonardo Patti's performance?
A: "We have not planned Italy's match yet, but I'm sure that it will be very hard. Patti's inclusion it was because he has very good predisposition for this kind of games, plus he was very harmful for the team"

Q: About Leonardi Patti substitution. Why didn't you include him in the match against France?
A: "As a coach you have to make some decisions. In that match my decision was Bidegain and Giani. If the team didn't play in the level that they could only one player neither play in a high level, so I want to highlight the team over only one player".

/ajm