PGE Skra Belchatow (POL) coach, Jacek Nawrocki
“Congratulations to the Al Arabi coach. I have seen the effort he has put into preparing his players for the Championship. We were taken by surprise in the first set.
“Our biggest obstacle in this match was that we didn’t know much about our opponents, apart from Egyptian player Abdullah who was not performing at his best.
“The first set was quite a surprise for us and our opponents took advantage of that. During the second part of the first set we held our serves technically to win points and eventually the set.
“The remaining sets were quite comfortable as we got a good feel and adapted well with the Golden Formula.
“We are happy with the opening of the championship and the way we started our campaign. Now we need to concentrate more and minimize our errors in the other matches.”
Captain, Mariusz Wlazly
“The Rules of this Championship are new and we had very little time to practice, we never played a match implementing these rules so it was quite difficult.
“Initially we couldn’t adjust and our opponents, who appeared well adjusted with the Golden Formula took early advantage. However, we controlled the latter half of the set to win it.
“In the second set, we took the lead from the beginning and kept the pressure on our opponents.
“The third set was more or less even until we leveled at 15-15, from where we started to dominate.
“It was a hard match because of the new formula rule, but we are ready to improvise in order to play good volleyball.”
Al Arabi Doha (QAT) coach, Mohammed Al Bahri
“Let me congratulate the Polish team on their victory and thank my players for their efforts in this difficult match.
“Our players were well prepared psychologically for this match. They are under pressure from the local media who expect them to win every match. In spite of this pressure the team came up strongly and overcame all the emotional problems.
“Our opponents today have a strong background. They have won against the world’s best clubs.
“Our strategy was to take risk with the powerful serves, so that the first ball would create chances. We had some success at this level.
“The main factor behind our loss was height of the players, errors in reception and a young libero who was playing against world class spikers.
“Our team has worked hard and practiced well for this Championship. However, some individual errors affected the professional players who failed to compensate at the end.”
Player, Ali Isaaq
“We were playing one of the favourite clubs in this Championship, a potential contender for the title or at least a semi-finalist.
“The players were under pressure playing against the tough side, but we managed to do well.
“Our aim in this Championship is to portray Arab and Asian volleyball in the best way possible. We are following the instructions of our technical staff and hope to do well in the remaining matches of this major event.”