14. 07. 2019

VNL F6 M: Sammelvuo – “It’s great to play in the finals”; Heynen – “Russia were better than us”

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The head coach of Russia Tuomas Sammelvuo was very happy after the win of his team over Poland in the semifinals of the Volleyball Nations League.

 

It is great. I am just very happy for our whole team. We have many players who have not played much with the national team. I like the atmosphere we have on the team. We are a really compact group. To be in the finals is great. I just hope we can enjoy the moment and enjoy the game. Of course, we will do everything we can to win. But the less and less we think about winning, the better it is to just focus on our skills.”

Russia Head Coach has also commented on preparing for Sunday’s title match:

First of all, we need to recover. Yesterday we had to rest our players because we had four days in a row and yesterday was a late match. We had to rest a few of our players. We didn’t have that many practices before this Finals because they were on holiday for two weeks. In this moment, just think about tomorrow as it is a great opportunity for everybody. The Olympic qualifiers come after that.”

Poland Head Coach Vital Heynen:

Russia was totally better than us. We need good passing and spiking to have a chance against Russia, and we were not good in those to aspect to play with them. I think we were fighting okay. I have a very young and inexperienced team, it is not abnormal that some days they are less good like today. Russia deserved the win. I can live with it that we had an amazing tournament.”

Recall that Russia defeated Poland in four sets.

 

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