A "terrific attitude" was also vital for Cruzeiro against Kazan according to Marcelo Méndez
Betim, Brazil, October 23, 2016 - Only one adjective properly fits the performance of Sada Cruzeiro against Zenit Kazan in the gold medal match: perfect. The defending champions had no obstacle on their way to the title and coach Marcelo Méndez used that word to praise his team's match.
William Arjona, Sada Cruzeiro captain: “The whole team was awesome. We had some ups and downs during the tournament, but today it was simply incredible. To bring down a powerful team like Kazan to a 25-15 doesn’t happen every day. This team has played 26 final matches in 29 tournaments, and has won 23 of those finals. We’re used to the decisive moments of a tournament; we feel comfortable and we enjoy them a lot. It’s one of the good things of keeping a group of players together for a long time.”
Marcelo Méndez, Sada Cruzeiro coach: “Our terrific attitude was the key to this victory over Kazan - the widest one against them in these years. We played really, really well. We had good tactics and we also excelled in attack, in serving, in defense. It was a perfect match. We are improving tournament after tournament, we keep on growing and after so many final matches, it feels like we already know how to play them.”
FIVB Volleyball Men's Club World Championship Betim 2016 - Teams