Antiga: "We had to play our best against Argentina"


Hamamatsu, Japan, September 10, 2015 – Poland overcame Argentina 3-1 (25-18, 19-25 25-21, 27-25) in the FIVB Volleyball Men's World Cup at Hamamatsu Arena on Thursday.

Poland coach Stephane Antiga: "Of course, we are very satisfied with the victory. We knew Argentina were a dangerous team; they played great against Iran, so we had to play our best volleyball. We never thought it would be easy. We knew that we would have to fight and it was just like that. Julio Velasco made a different system and it’s not easy to adapt to these changes, so it took time for us to adapt. I’m very happy about this victory and the three points and happy to have a rest day for the players."

On injured setter Lomacz: "It was difficult for my team as my first setter is injured; it’s nothing serious and I hope he will play soon. But I use both setters for tactical reasons so it’s more difficult for a coach because I have fewer possibilities and solutions. Like Argentina, we have two very good setters, so we had the possibility to play normally."

Poland captain Michal Kubiak: "We are very happy to win today’s game. Argentina are a very difficult team to play because they defend balls and receive very well and we saw that today. We are looking forward to another game against Iran and we hope to beat them not quickly but with a good result for us. Congratulations to Argentina because they played good volleyball and made us play our best volleyball."

Argentina coach Julio Velasco: "I also want to congratulate Poland; they played very good volleyball. But I’m happy with my team because we played well. For us, it was a good step to improve and grow in this tournament. Perhaps we needed two balls more to get a fifth set, but in any case it was a good match for us. We still have to improve. We played well but we still made mistakes that we can avoid. Against very physical and powerful teams we need to play volleyball with very few mistakes because we can’t compete for power with them. To play with them at the same level, we must play with a fast attack and good reception and defence, and no mistakes. We need to improve these parts and we hope against Russia we can take one more step in this direction."

Argentina captain Luciano De Cecco: "Congratulations to Poland for their win. Except for the first set, we played quite well against one of the strongest teams in the world, so I think we competed well."


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