Monday, 24 November 2014
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Rezende: Argentina is very hard to play against

Brazil's Giba and Bernardo Rezende
Argentina captain Rodrigo Quiroga: “Today they gave us a lesson in how to play. In blocking and in defence they played a perfect match. They touched every ball and we had no answer. Tomorrow we have the most important match in our lives. We don't want to think about today's game, only about tomorrow.”

Brazil captain Gilberto Godoy Filho (Giba): “This is really incredible, but for us it is like the first final. We have to concentrate. Argentina played very well today and throughout the tournament. We played really good today, especially in block and defence and in side-out and this is why we won. Now we have to rest and sleep.”

Argentina coach Javier Weber: “First of all, my compliments to Bernardo, and to Brazil. Argentina played a good match, on a good level in attack. But Brazil played better in the ends of the sets, especially in the second one. Both teams played perfectly despite moments of questionable referees' decisions. This experience is very important for us. Now for us the most important match is tomorrow. South American volleyball is more technical. I think statistics are less important, the attack, the defence, to touch the ball – this is what's important. In Europe I think around 60 per cent of preparation is talking about statistics. I think American volleyball is fast, very fast.”

Brazil coach Bernardo Rezende: “First of all I want to congratulate all the teams and coaches. Argentina is a great team. They are very fun to watch – in TV or from the audience. They are very hard to play against. They have great players, very young. They have a very good system of play. However, they had to play against a very experienced team today and this was one of the reasons for this defeat. In the future it is going to be hard.

We have to analyze everything before tomorrow's game and rest. I think the Americas are very well represented, as four teams came here, for the Finals. Cuba's team lost some players, coach Weber is rebuilding the team, and the USA has a very strong, well settled team. I have an older team and I have to keep encouraging them to do better. I need them to want to do better. Keep them “hungry”. I think the hours we spend training, learning – that makes the difference. When Aleksander Skiba came to America with a new idea about playing, another came after him. It changed the school of play.”

  

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