Carvalho: I expect the team to improve day by day


Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho celebrates after his team posted an upset win over defending champions Poland in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 19, 2017 – Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho said that he expects his team will improve day by day after their stunning 3-1 win over Cuba in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship at the Isa City Sports Hall on Saturday.

Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho: This win absolutely feels better than our loss yesterday. We were a little bit anxious in the first set and we knew that this was a difficult mission and that we had to win today. Our mental balance was not so good in the first set, but we played better. I expect the team to improve day by day. I think the players will continue to perform better as we go along.

My players are determined, but great determination requires good control. We must be calm. We need to rest a little bit and think about our next match against Cuba. They have two losses and they will probably bounce back, so we have to be ready.

Brazil captain Joao Franck:
We had a good performance today. Our middle blocker Guilherme Santos was amazing today. He played excellently in attack. Arthur Nath changed the tempo of the game when he went inside the court. These two players helped us a lot in this victory.

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Poland coach Maciej Zendel: We are disappointed with our game today. We committed too many mistakes. However, it’s only the first match and we will try and play much better tomorrow. We can win if we play better tomorrow and the next day. I think we need to do something to inspire our play.

Poland captain Szymon Jezierski:
This is our first match in this tournament and we are very disappointed with the loss, but we will never give up. We will keep going and do our best. We are a completely new team compared to the one that won the World Championship in 2015. This is a new adventure for us and we want to play each match and get better and better. We hope to win our next match.


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