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Brazil’s coach: 'We have a tough pool in the Finals'

Matthew Anderson talks during the press conference after the match
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 14, 2013 – After the second consecutive win over the United States in the FIVB World League week 7, Brazilian head coach Bernardo Rezende analyzed the pool of the Finals, which will be held in Mar del Plata, Argentina. Brazil is in the Group E, along with Russia and Canada.

“We have a tough pool in the Finals," Rezende said. "Canada has a great opposite spiker. Their style is similar to the American one. Russia always has a strong team. They have experienced setters. Their system is the same: a powerful serve and a solid block."

According to Rezende, today’s match was important to test some players that might have an opportunity in the Finals.

“Thiago Alves and Lipe Fonteles went well on reception," he said. "Wallace played better than yesterday. Mauricio Souza was a little anxious and couldn’t block well. It is natural, as it was his second match as a starter."

Brazilian captain Éder Carbonera remarked about the good performance of these players.

“Lipe, Mauricio Souza, William and Wallace played very well," Éder said. "That was really important for us, because next week we’ll need all of them."

American head coach John Speraw made an evaluation of his team’s performance.

“Today we played better," Speraw said. "Our block worked well, but the serve wasn’t good. We had only 28 percent of efficiency on serving. That way, there is no possibility of win. We trained really hard, but it didn’t work out, as it happens in other opportunities during the FIVB World League."

“We started well in all three sets and we were focused," American captain Matthew Anderson added. "The coach gave us the instructions, but we couldn’t implement it."


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