Antiga: "We have to maintain our aggressivity"


Hamamatsu, Japan, September 13, 2015 – Poland overcame Venezuela 3-1 (25-27, 25-23, 25-16, 25-23) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup at Hamamatsu Arena on Sunday.

Poland coach Stephane Antiga: "It’s positive that after five games we won five times. I trust my players. I know that they are trained very well so I think today it might have been a question of attitude. We made so many mistakes; we should have blocked 20 times. In this kind of competition, all the teams are motivated to play big teams like Poland, so we cannot consider that one game will be easy just if we play very good. We have to maintain our aggressivity."

Poland captain Michal Kubiak: "I’m happy we won the game but not so happy of the style we played today. Venezuela played a good game, but we made a lot of mistakes today. We couldn’t block, defend or do practically nothing. We shouldn’t be playing like this; 3-1 for us is a kind of shame. We are the world champions and the level of the world champions should be higher than that."
Venezuela coach Vincenzo Nacci: "Today was a good result for us and I’m happy to play a game like this against Poland. We had different players, setter, blockers – and the team worked well. That’s good news for us. From now on I believe we can play better and better. Before the second round, our players need a little rest. We’ll play USA, Japan and Italy, really high-level teams so we need to keep our motivation high. We expect tough games."

Venezuela captain Kervin Pinerua: "I’m very happy with today’s game. We played powerful volleyball. It was a good game and our best performance against one of the strongest teams – the world champions – so we had to play at 100 per cent. But this will give us confidence for our Olympic qualifiers."


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