Japan Coach Tatsuya Ueta
wasn't weak, but we made many mistakes. The defense didn't work out
at all and the players weren't moving well. I need to talk with my
players about that.
When the Cubans make mistakes on court, they criticize each other.
The Japanese players, on the other hand, are influenced by Japanese
culture and are very forgiving when someone makes a mistake, almost
like it's OK to make a mistake.
It's a team sport
and the players are like brothers, but like brothers they need to
fight among themselves sometimes.
Our players were
neither encouraging each other nor criticizing each other.
Japan Captain Daisuke Usami
It was hard today. Our rhythm was no
good. We had to focus more, but we were too nervous. We really have
to develop this aspect more and be more aggressive.
We also need to serve better.
We are mentally weak and I think we
have to be more proactive and each one of us must understand our
responsibility to the team.
Next week, we must change our thinking
and be more positive.
(Re. Pressure of playing at home) Of
course, we feel more pressure at home, but we must play our game even
when we're under pressure. Today, we couldn't play together as a
Japan No. 18, Yuta Yoneyama
Up to the halfway point, we played our
own brand of volleyball, but in the second part we made mistakes and
basically shot ourselves in the foot.
Next week in Tokyo, we have to do
(Re. Pressure of playing at home)
I feel pressure playing in Japan and
more when playing for the national team.
Cuba Captain Roberlandy Simon
If we didn't try
our best we wouldn't be able to get to the finals.
Today wasn't too
tough, but it wasn't a walkover either.
Japan is not a
weak team and we can learn from their speedy play.
We want to do our
best until the end of the competition.
Cuba Coach Orlando Samuels
Today's game was easier than
yesterday's. I think the Japan team is not in the best shape at the
moment. They had a number of serving errors and we were able to block
them quite a lot.
They need to get a little stronger, but
I guess it's hard for them to maintain the same level every day.
(Re. Changing players) I changed the
lineup around to give some players a chance to play and to maintain
the level of their performance. If we used the same players all the
time, they would be exhausted and by changing them around we maintain
their condition and make sure their performance levels don't drop.
As a result, they all work harder.