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men s Olympic Games 2004 - Press Conference

Press conference

Brazil beat Russia 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-23) - duration 1:15
21-Aug, start time: 22:20, end time: 23:35 - Attendance: 5'400
City: Athens; Hall : Peace and Friendship Stadium
Nalbert BITENCOURT (BRA) - captain

"It was a very good match. It certainly was the best match in these Olympic Games. We hope to play better in the next match. There are no second chances in the quarterfinals. We will have to prepare very well."

Vadim KHAMUTTSKIH (RUS) - captain

"Today, Brazil played better, especially in defence. That's why they won. Next time we meet with Brazil, we will play better."

Bernardo REZENDE (BRA) - head coach

"It was one of our best matches. We put a lot of pressure on Russia with our service and our blocks. It was a big step for us but we shouldn't be over-enthusiastic about it. Every match we win we feel more and more pressure."

Gennady SHIPULIN (RUS) - head coach

"This is no way to play for the Olympic Games. My players just did not want to play today. We shall do better against Italy. This match was not so important for us. Our mission is to win against Italy"

Gustavo ENDRES (BRA) - middle blocker

"We were so concentrated on the match that the Russians could not win it. Our opponents today did not perform as well as we expected them to do and that is why we completed a straight sets win"

Andre HELLER (BRA) - middle blocker

"We give our best in every match but to the next we will try even harder. We are here to win every match and you will see us fighting more and more every day"

Konstantin USHAKOV (RUS)

"We cannot analyse right now why we lost this match. This is not the final, it is the Preliminary Round. We are like an expensive car that can break down, we lost our rhythm, we lost our path, now we wait for the match against Italy and we will be more prepared."

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