Havana, Cuba, July 18 - Cuban head coach Orlando Samuels doesn't like to make predictions, but said his players will fight in Belgrade to beat the odds and win the 20th World League.
Japan captain Daisuke Usami: "It was a good game, but we were out of focus, and the Cubans took advantage of that."
Cuba captain Roberlandy Simon: “The tension was lower tonight; therefore we played better than yesterday. None of us has played a Final before, but we’ll go to Belgrade willing to play our guts out. Thanks to the Cuban people who always supported us. Every rival from now on will be tough. We have to play hard against everybody. Sometimes I lost concentration on serve, but nobody is perfect.”
Japan coach Tatsuya Ueta: “Tonight Tatsuya Fukusawa was our only strong spiker, the rest of my players were only backing him up, focused on defense. I think Cuba it’s a great team and I wish the best for they. Congratulation to coach Samuells, I hope they win it all in Belgrade.”
Cuba coach Orlando Samuels: “A four sets victory was good for us, in order to give more time to play to some of our rising stars, such as Wilfredo Leon. I’m satisfied with tonight’s triumph. We all got better, even our rivals. I think my players are more mature, they have learned to respect each other, to demand more from each other. We need intelligence and courage to make it better in Belgrade. I rather don’t adventure a prediction, but we’ll fight in the Final. Simon is getting better, and “Ruso” Sanchez is getting the playing time he needs to get his timing back.”