Mendez: Tomorrow is our final


Marcelo Mendez treats Sunday's game as a final.

Ningbo, China, August 10, 2019 - Argentina continued their winning streak in their Tokyo 2020 qualification campaign as they outplayed Finland 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 26-24) in Pool F of FIVB Tokyo Men’s Volleyball Qualification 2019 at Beilun Sports and Arts Centre Saturday.

Marcelo Mendez (Argentina head coach): "Congratulations to Finland. They played a very good game, but we still finished the match like winning a semifinal. Tomorrow it would be the final for us."

Joel Banks (Finlnad head coach): "First of all, I would like to congratulate coach and team of Argentina for a great victory. For us, we are sad as we lost the match yesterday, which we aimed to win. And today we played a very very good game for our level, since we know the quality of Argentina, their speed and beautiful play they have. I think we played our best as we could. So for today I am satisfied with my team's mentality and character. And I take a lot of positive things from this game."

Antti Ronkainen (Finland outside hitter): "It was a tough match today. We knew that Argentina are a strong team, but we fought and this is our best game so far, especially in our defense. And it is a new battle and the last game tomorrow. We will do our best."

Luciano De Cecco (Argentina captain): "First of all, I have to congratulate Finland team as we both played amazing volleyball today. We started very well with good intensity. But later, we went down a little bit, and Finland played very well. I think they did their best match, which I have not seen in the past two months. But we are very happy, and tomorrow we have another opportunity to play a very good game against China. Now we are going to rest and getting prepared for tomorrow."