Slimane: It is important to find good spirit to win


France coach Belmadi Slimane reminded his boys to find good spirit to win against the Czech Republic, even after their tough loss to Russia in the quarterfinals of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 26, 2017 – France coach Belmadi Slimane said that he reminded his boys to find good spirit to win their match against the Czech Republic in order to get good ranking in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship.

France coach Belmadi Slimane: It was difficult to get the team motivated because they were a little bit upset with themselves after our loss (to Russia) in the quarterfinals. I reminded them that it is important to find a good spirit for this game to get a good ranking. It is one of France’s objectives in this competition.

The placing we get in this competition must be good, as not many French teams are able to finish in the top five. It is a challenge, even though it may not be the challenge that we wanted in fighting for first place, but it is still something we must work hard for.

France captain Lucas Soldner: I am pleased with how our players responded today after our loss in the quarterfinals. We played as a team. We did a good job even though we weren’t in good shape mentally and physically.

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Czech Republic coach Jiri Zach:
To get up today and play was very hard, especially for the players. It was hard to focus on this match after the quarterfinals. We are still very disappointed and we played very bad. It is very hard to motivate the players right now. It is very easy to say, but very hard to do.

We must still try our best to finish in seventh place. We must be proud that we are in this position and the players must be proud of themselves as well.

Czech Republic captain Ondrej Piskacek: We didn’t play that well today. Now we need to try to completely forget about what has happened in the past two days. It is tough but we must concentrate only on our last match and focus on trying to be in seventh position.


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