Farjad: We like playing against strong teams


Riffa, Bahrain, August 25, 2017 - Iran raced to a 3-0 win against Brazil (25-21, 25-20, 25-15) in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship on Friday at Isa City Sports Hall.

Iran coach Reza Vakili Farjad: We are very happy to have this match against Brazil. We have prepared well with our mentality coming into this game. We like playing against strong teams because we can have the chance to improve our level. During the rest day, we trained hard, both in fitness and ball training. I think this has really paid off with our performance today.

Brazil is a very strong team with a lot of talent for the future. We needed to use our tactics in this match, and all the players performed well with this game plan in mind.

Iran captain Amirhossein Esfandiar: I want to play long enough and good enough to make it to the seniors’ team. Sometimes, I cannot wait to be in that level. But I have to work harder and train more.

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Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho
: It was very difficult to play against Iran particularly that our reception was not as good as we want it to be. We played at the start in a very good level, with good reception, strong attacks, strong serves. But in the end of the first set, we could not post well on reception on the float serves. They had very strong serves with the right spin or float. They deserve to win as they really played better than we did. I am very impressed with Iran’s players. They are much stronger and they can play at such a high level. Congratulations to Iran.

Brazil captain Joao Franck: In this level of competition, we can make a lot of errors. But what we can do is learn from these mistakes and avoid doing them in the future.


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