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We never lost concentration – Ze Roberto

 
Nagoya, Japan, September 10, 2017 – Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes (Ze Roberto) said that his team never lost concentration in their straight-set win over USA on the final day of the FIVB Volleyball Women’s World Grand Champions Cup at Nippon Gaishi Hall on Sunday.

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Brazil coach Jose Roberto Guimaraes: I feel very proud of my team. Today’s win was a very important one. Our opponents play a very high level of volleyball, which makes this win more important. When we play the USA, we learn many things – the way to play and to never lose concentration. Today, we never lost concentration and we functioned well on all aspects.

The FIVB World Championship will be a very high level global competition where you have to play 11 matches in 15 days against the best teams in the world. It’s very high level technically and it will be like a marathon physically. All countries want to win the title. Our team must be better in all aspects than we are now and our skills must be more mature. Like the World Cup, it’s a very important competition.

Brazil captain Natalia Pereira: Everyone in our team knows we must concentrate when we play USA. We had a good start today and so we were able to get a result. I want to praise my own team for the win and getting three points. It’s great to end this competition on a good note. We still have points to improve but still it’s good to end the year this way. In this tournament, there were some strong opponents. We knew it would be difficult but we could win, so I’m very happy.

Brazil player Gabriela Guimaraes: I’m really happy to win today. We played with intelligence and when we play against USA, it’s always tough. We didn’t expect to win 3-0 as we had difficult games against Japan and China, but we managed to win well today. When we play against the United States, we have to maintain a high level and play with intelligence, as well as minimising errors. We also can’t afford to waver up and down; we must be consistently good.

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USA coach Karch Kiraly: One good thing about sport is it teaches us about ourselves and teaches us about life. Every volleyball game has celebration and sorrow and joy and disappointment. We had more disappointment and sorrow today, but more important than that is how we respond, and we’ll use this to get better. Congratulations to Brazil for playing a nice tournament here.

The World Championship is in Japan, which always has great organisation, like this week, so it should be a wonderful tournament. It has all the best teams in it and is always a tremendous test of every team, so we look forward to being tested.

USA captain Carli Lloyd: This tournament has been a great opportunity for us and we had to battle for some wins over the last few days. We got better at some things, so this loss is really disappointing. It wasn’t really a great representation of what we are capable of. We’ll make some improvements going into next summer. This has been a wonderful tournament and Japan has been an amazing host.

USA player Jordan Larson: I think in the whole tournament we did a nice job. We have some new players so we’re just working out a lot of things. Some of us took a lot of the summer off, so rhythm-wise we’re catching up. I’m proud of our team for staying in some of these matches and fighting. Today was disappointing and we made some mistakes toward the end, but overall I’m happy with our team and I’ll be excited to get back next summer and do it all over again.

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