Brazil and Argentina, always a South American Classic


Players of Argentina celebrate their victory over Brazil at the High Performance Centre

Tijuana, Mexico, September 15, 2015 - One of the most awaited matches in the beginning of the second round of Pools at the Baja California High Performance Centre was the one played between Argentina and Brazil.

The two South American opponents are part of Pool E and this time the victory was for Alejandro Grossi’s team that claimed their first victory of the second part of the tournament in three sets.

“We had a rest day. Brazil had to made a trip from Mexicali, but that was not the reason or an explanation why Argentina won or Brazil lost. We feel satisfied with the victory, but you don’t win a match in advance,” said Grossi.

“Last time at the South American Championship we lost in three sets without any chance and today we won in three sets. We have three matches and they are three chances, we don’t have to think about in how to qualify, we have to play and made the best very chance in every match,” he stated.

“I am happy, because apart from being a South American classic battle it was beautiful to win in three sets, we played very well and we played at our rhythm. So we could get the three points to be on top of our Pool,” Gaston Fernandez, captain of Argentina said.

“We expected a tough match, obviously. Brazil had defeated us in previous times, they had been playing so well,  but fortunately today we played so well  and at a world championship, this makes us feel happier,” he added.

“It was not a different role, the role is the same. As a defeat this hurts. I am disappointed not for the volleyball that was played. I was disappointed for the attitude we shown today as a team. We need to play better to show up a very good volleyball, our best volleyball possible.” said Leonardo Carvalho coach of Brazil.

Fernando Kreling, captain of Brazil recognized there was a good strategy and solid pressure by their South American opponent.

“Argentina put a lot of pressure against us. There has been a little difference but not seriously about playing in one venue or another. Probably it was warmer in Mexicali because of the temperature and the response of the fans,” Kreling recognized.


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