We will have bigger challenges in the next round - Franck


Brazil won over Cuba in four sets and will make it to the next round of the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys' U19 World Championship

Riffa, Bahrain, August 21, 2017 – Brazil captain Joao Franck said that the next round will give them bigger challenges in the 2017 FIVB Volleyball Boys’ U19 World Championship, when they secured their spot after their four-set win over Cuba.

Brazil captain Joao Franck: We have yet to show our maximum performance in this tournament, but we are near from our best volleyball. It is difficult to keep playing at this level for a whole match. We will try to keep our focus and try to play better at every moment of the match.

We expect to reach the next level and try to play better than in the first round. We know that in the next round we will have bigger challenges. When you lose one game, the competition is finished for you. Our goal is to make it at least to the semifinals.

Brazil coach Leonardo Carvalho: We are in a very hard pool. We have now confirmed that we will make it to the next phase of the competition. I am happy especially with the way we played in the first set. We played very, very good volleyball.

We are trying to look into improving our performance in each match. I think we had a tough game today, but we played better than we did in our first two matches.

We will play against Japan tomorrow. In my opinion, this will be a decisive game. Their team has very good technique and excellent ball control. They are not a tall team but they have great skills. We will try to play better tomorrow, and if we have a chance, we will go for the win. We respect Japan but we want to win every match.

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Cuba coach Jesus Lopez: We know we had to win if we want to advance to the next round. We lost this match and we now have to wait for the other teams in the succeeding matches. We played very bad today. I am not at all satisfied with our play. We have players who did not do well on the field. Our reception was a disaster.

Cuba captain Rey Isaac Flores Quesada: We have to play very hard in each match because this is a World Championship. We are very disappointed but we must now forget about this loss.


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