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Japan's coach: 'We still have to learn from this game'


Japan Coach Masayoshi Manabe at Press Conference

Plock, Poland, August 9, 2013 – Despite Japan’s narrow defeat of Germany in a tiebreak 3-2 match on Friday, coach Masayoshi Manabe said his team still has some learning to do.

Masayoshi Manabe (Japan team coach): "First of all we are happy to face Germany here. In the beginning, our opponent played well and we had trouble to find our rhythm. We still have to learn from this game for our next clashes."

Saori Kimura (Japan team captain): "Our start was not very good, but we tried to play together in each set. In effect, we won because of this tactic."

Margareta Kozuch (Germany team captain): "First of all I would like to congratulate Japan for today's victory. I think that the match was great for fans, and it was a close one with a big fight. Japan played well in defense. We led 2-0 in sets and of course we realized that Japan is a well-organised team, so we should win it in three sets. Now for us the most important is to take some experience in each match to be well prepared to European Championships. We fight until the end for every ball and we can be proud because of it."

Giovanni Guidetti (Germany team coach): "Congratulations for Japan. As always they played great volleyball, incredible in defence. I think that our more aggressive game in attack might help us to win this match in three or four sets. However, we had some problems in this element. I am happy, that my players fight for each ball, but obviously we have to improve especially our attack if we want to perform well in the European Championships."

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