FIVB - Women's Volleyball World Cup 2011

MATCH INFO

We had a tough match: Ze Roberto


Coaches Giovanni Guidetti (L) of Germany and Jose Roberto Guimaraes of Brazil during their press conference after the match

Brazil coach Ze Roberto:  We had a tough match. The German team has come up since Angelina Grun came back to the team. I want to congratulate Giovanni for the job he’s done with the team. They fought every time and it was a difficult match. I agree that in the critical moments we were a bit more lucky and that decided the match. But we played the same level all the time.

(Re Round 2): We have to play Korea and Serbia. Korea aren’t as good as in the Grand Prix, but they have Kim (Yeon-Koung) and she is a very good player. Serbia lost Sanja Malagurski and Brakocevic didn’t play until now, but they fought well against the USA. We have to play better. My team have had ups and downs in this tournament and we want to have a clearer level. That will be important in the next two rounds. 

Brazil captain Fabiana Claudino: We won but our performance wasn’t so good, and we were especially under pressure at the start and not comfortable about our play. Our blocks and receiving should have been much better and I would like us to play better in our future matches.

Brazil No. 13 Sheilla Castro: I also felt our performance wasn’t so good today; our spiking and receiving should be better. We haven’t completed our system in blocking and receiving so we’re hoping to do much better next time and want to reduce our errors. At the moment our performance isn’t stable; we need more consistency.

Germany coach Giovanni Guidetti: Congratulations to Brazil. Brazil always play a little better than us and they were better in the important moments of the match. But I cannot be too upset with my team. They really fought for all four sets and played good volleyball – not perfect, but good. If we continue with this standard, I think we can win many other matches. We had a lot of problems stopping the middle blockers of Brazil; they were almost unstoppable for us. In the final set, we could have been a little more precise. Our attack was not perfect in the critical moments because it wasn’t precise.

Germany captain Margareta Kozuch: I want to congratulate Brazil. We played against one of the best teams in the world and had good preparation for the match, and we had the possibility to win in every set, but we didn’t play our best volleyball. But our spirit was good and we fought to the end. I’m a little upset we couldn’t go to a fifth set because there we would start at 0-0.

Germany No. 7 Angelina Grun: Today was a tough match against one of the best teams in the world. We were playing good for a lot of moments and we had opportunities to win the sets, but weren’t so lucky. Brazil played very well with their middle blockers and maybe that’s the reason we couldn’t stop them, but we are confident we can have a good tournament as we are playing well at the moment. 


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