FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

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My team has incredible spirit: Germany coach


Germany's coach Giovanni Guidetti (R) of Italy comments during the press conference next to USA Coach Hugh McCutcheon following the German victory in straight sets

Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti: I really want to thank my players because it’s an honour for me to be coach of this team because sometimes this team can play over their possibilities. They have such an incredible team spirit and discipline that they can make sometimes extraordinary matches like today. To be able to beat the United States 3-0 who are right now the best team in the world, with the best athletes and the best organization, means we made something extraordinary, so I thank my girls for that. I hope the girls take a lot of confidence from this match. I said to my players in the locker room we can beat the United States but only if we go with almost full risk and we play with great discipline. We knew the United States are a great team, but there is every time a chance. If we don’t believe there is a chance, I think we have to change jobs, so we believe there is a chance every time. Of course, against some teams you can only take this chance if you risk. Against other teams you can take the chance only if you play with discipline. Today was a risky day. We had luck, but this is sport. I was impressed with the way my players kept their focus and concentration even in the third set when we were behind 22-18, and that’s why I want to congratulate them and why I’m proud to be coach of this team. Today, they never gave up for a second.

Germany captain Margareta Kozuch: I think the United States started really, really well in the first set. They attacked powerfully and to the end, but I’m really proud about our game because when we were back four or five points we were able to change the set. I’m looking forward to the next round and I’m really happy about the match. 

USA coach Hugh McCutcheon: Congratulations to Germany. They played very well tonight. I thought our team was good, but our good wasn’t good enough. But we still feel very strong. If someone had asked me coming out of the first round if you were 4-1 would you be happy, I would have to say yes. As our captain said, we have a lot of the tournament to go and I’m sure that we’ll learn from tonight and we’ll be better tomorrow. But congratulations again. They played very well and full credit goes to the German side. At the end of the day, we made some errors down the stretch – we turned some plays down the stretch, but Germany made a couple of extra plays at some different times and that was it. The margins are thin; we expect that. As we go through this tournament it’s inevitable that there will be some adversity and it’s really about how your teams choose to deal with that, so hopefully our team will respond appropriately.

USA captain Lindsey Berg: Today was definitely Germany’s day. Congratulations to them on a great-fought match. USA didn’t play our best but we had chances – definitely in Set 1 and 3 – but didn’t take advantage of them and had some bad unforced errors at that time. Nobody said this tournament was going to be easy. It would have been great to go into the next round 5-0 but we’re still 4-1 and our heads are high and we’re going to keep fighting like we do and continue one game at a time. It’s a long tournament. 



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