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2010 FIVB Men's Volleyball World Championship

 Match info | Press Conference
Czech Republic happy to pass into Second Round - Svoboda

The Czech Republic celebrates its victory over Bulgaria which saw them advance to the second round

Turin, Italy, September 27, 2010 - Bulgaria v Czech Republic press conference.

Czech Republic captain Ondrej Hudecek: "We are happy because we beat Bulgaria, it's a great goal for us. We wait for it for a long time and finally we did it. Our team played very well and finally we pass the round, so we keep on dreaming."

Bulgaria captain Vladimir Nikolov: "I want to congratulate the Czech Republic team because they played better than us. It was a very balanced match, high level. But I'm also very sad for the result of the game. We don't have the rhythm of the game, and we managed to gain it until the end of the tournament."

Czech Republic coach Jan Svoboda: "We know that Bulgaria is one of the best teams in the world and, of course, in Pool E. We are very happy, because we pass to the second round beating a very strong team. I think that my team played a high level Volleyball in this tournament and we reached the goal we want."

Bulgaria coach Silvani Prandi: "Our pool is a very balanced one; today we don't play well, especially in the serving. We have to serve five times to gain a point, but we obtain better results with the floating serving. When a match is so balanced, there are a lot of things we can speak about. I want to say congratulations to the Czech Republic team. Our World Championship? It's not the time to forecast, because it's only the first round. We are in good conditions, and we will know the final position not now."

From the Mixed Zone
Czech Republic's Jan Stokr: “I’m very happy for this result, but I was confident since after winning over China we understood our real power. Forecasts are not enough to determine which is the best team, only playing we could demonstrate ours. I had not the possibility to take a look at new formula. We’re playing match by match without thinking about it and now we have some time to have a rest before next match. Some of us are not in perfect physical condition and in the last set I felt I was cold, but we all were very gritty during the match.”

Czech Republic's Peter Platenik: “Our team can’t be considered an outsider. We have the possibility to play and win with most important teams as we did this afternoon with Bulgarians, even if they were probably tired after their yesterday evening match with France. We made a long training this summer and I think we’re in a very good moment.”


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