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Kevin Tillie– Great defenses and long rallies are what fans like

 Krakow, Poland, September 7, 2014 - Great defenses and long rallies are what fans like - the show. It’s always nice to play in a capacity-filled hall – France’s Kevin Tillie said after winning 3-2 with Belgium.

You’ve won Pool D, considered by many a group of death, with 4 victories and only one defeat in tie-break. I think you can be very satisfied.

Tillie: Yes, we’re. We had one objective a month ago: to win 4 out of 5 matches. We’ve met this goal and we’re still in the game.  It’s even a little bit surprising for us but it’s good to be here and it will be good to be there - in the next round.

Which of those five games was the toughest?

- They were all tough, even the one with Iran but, I think, today’s match was the hardest. For a couple of reasons: it’s the end of the week, we’re getting tired and it was Belgium. We always have tough duels against them.

You won the first set smoothly but in next sets it wasn’t that easy. Did you expect such strong resistance form the Belgian team?

- No, not really because we had a really good start of the first set. We played really well but it’s difficult to keep that level for the whole match. We knew they could come back. We expected they could win a couple of sets but we were fighting till the end and eventually we defeated them.

You personally scored 18 points. Is it your top form or was it just a warm-up and your future opponents should be even more afraid of you?

-  I take one match at a time so I try to not think about it now. In the World League we had some good games too and it’s nice we also play well here. We are going to play better with every match and we will see how it’ll turn out.

Speaking about your next rivals, have you seen some matches of Pool A?

-  I’ve watched a few. They have good teams in that pool too and we’re going to play some really tough games with Poland, Argentina, Serbia and Australia, who beat us in the World League. We will have to fight hard in every match, just like in this pool. It’s another group of death for us.

Your games here were almost sold-out. I guess Polish fans really enjoy the way you play.

- Well it’s nice. I think they like it because our players defend really well. We have good reception so we can launch fast attacks. Great defending and long rallies are what fans like - the show. It’s always nice to play in a capacity-filled hall.




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