Fans are not a pressure; they're a joy - Natalia


Natalia Pereira gets instructions from coach Ze Roberto in the match against Argentina at Rio 2016.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2016 - It was all about the support of the Brazilians in the Mixed Zone of the Maracanazinho after Brazil shut out Argentina 3-0 to remain undefeated in two rounds of pool play at the women's volleyball tournament of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Brazil outside hitter Natalia Pereira

On the match:

"We played highly concentrated and always thinking about victory. In fact, Argentina played one of their best games against us, but we kept our focus and so we were successful. The road is long, we still have many battles, so we have to keep our team together."

On the Brazilian supporters:

"For me, playing with so many people encouraging our team is not a pressure. It is a joy. The Brazilian people are passionate about the sport and they spread us that good energy, the screams, the party. We feel very good to be here."

Brazil middle blocker Juciely Barreto

On gold medal hopes:

"We need to keep improving in every game and let us not be carried away by the triumphant atmosphere. We have experienced players who can guide the younger in that and direct them".

Brazil outside hitter Gabi Guimaraes

On the victory:

"It was easier than we thought it would be. Our win was good but we will need to be better to play against Japan. And to be better to play at night. Before the next match we need to eat a lot of pasta and fruit to be ready to play well."

Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna gives instructions during a timeout at the Maracanazinho

Argentina coach Guillermo Orduna

On the defeat:

"Brazil have a lot of players with more experience than us. They play very fast. We are a very young team. Argentina played a good match. We build for the future. The level now for us to achieve is very high."

On whether he thinks Brazil can win the gold medal:

"I think so yes. There are five good teams in my opinion. But of course they can, yes, yes, yes. I have seen a team that has improved a lot, that has players very experienced, that has had players at other Olympic Games. That is very important to a team that wants to be Olympic champions. And they are playing at home."

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