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Every point was made of gold - Spiridonov


I never imagined that we would win 3-0 against Brazil and that the match wouldn't be difficult - Spiridonov

Mar del Plata, Argentina, July 21, 2013 - Alexey Spiridinov says 'every point was made of gold' as Russia overwhelmed Brazil 3-0 in the final match of the 2013 World League Finals. 

"I can't explain this feeling, this is the second time I won a World League, and it is a win not only for my team, but also for my country."

"I never imagined that we would win 3-0 against Brazil and that the match wouldn't be difficult. It was expected to be a big and exhausting fight because the rivals were the Brazilians."

"Every point was made of gold, every ball was difficult. We won the finals and we deserve it."

Spiridinov's coach Andrey Voronkov was more controlled in his assessment.

"We are very happy with this gold medal. We went step by step towards the finals. It was a difficult tournament for us, so our happiness is huge."

"I think, at the moment, not all the Brazilian players are in their highest level, that was the reason why we could win easily."

Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende believed the occasion got to some of the younger, inexperienced players in his team, but was quick to credit Russia's performance.  

"Russia played really well and the emotions played against us. It was the first final match for many players so it was normal. We couldn't manage the difficult moments and they had a high-level performance in all aspects of the game, but mostly Russia worked their defensive system very well."

"Russia is a 'player factory'. We have good players [in Brazil] but they are better. Alongside that, we lost important players for this World League, and I think the Russians are the best in the world at the moment."

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