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ROAD TO RIO M: Antiga – „We played to stay alive…“; Heynen – „I’m disappointed

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Poland secured spot at the additional qualifications for the Olympic Games which is the second best outcome for them at the Continental Qualifications in Berlin. Their head coach Stéphane Antiga and expert on German bench Vital Heynen were in opposite moods after game for 3rd place.

Heynen & Antiga

Heynen & Antiga


„We must be extremely strong mentally in this kind of match. Even if we made mistakes we didn’t usually we did OK. We were just playing to be alive, not to go to Rio. You could see the instinct to go there… We don’t need motivation for these kind of games but we feel at home. The fans help us and we felt good… It’s great to know we have millions of fans behind us. I think it would be a pity if Poland didn’t go to Rio because of the atmosphere and this great organisation. It’s a pity for Europe that some great teams won’t go,” Antiga said.

„We played so good that we only missed one point to beat the world champions and stay in the race for Rio. However, Poland were better in the end and they deserved to win… We belong to the world’s volleyball elite, we beat Poland and Serbia, but it was not enough. I am still fairly disappointed, but this feeling will be mounting in the coming weeks and months. You have to learn from your defeats in order to improve and get better. I am confident that in four years Germany will be competing at the Tokyo Olympics,“ Heynen stated.


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