Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic, July 1, 2017 – Hosts Czech Republic batlled Japan for the 13th place classification play-off between the two teams at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s U21 World Championship. The coaches and captains gave their statements.
Fumitoshi Tokunaga, coach of Japan: “We were leading in the first two sets but the Czechs catched up on us, we felt that they are a very strong team. In the end, we received better.”
Kenta Takanashi, captain of Japan: “In our game, it is very hard because it is unpredictable but in the end we did very well.”
Ivan Pelikan, coach of Czech Republic: “It was another game we led by 2-0 and we didn’t finish it.”
Kristian Cervinka, captain of Czech Republic: “At first I want to congratulate Japan for the win. It was a fantastic game for us but it was the same like three matches ago, we led by 2-0 and didn’t win. It might be something in our heads why we play so bad in the fourth sets this tournament.”