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Brazil - Turkey Post-Game Quotes


Senol Gunes, Turkey Coach
On the goal by Ronaldo ...
“First of all, we should look at the beginning of the opportunity. One of our players couldn't intercept the pass and Ronaldo used his quickness and vision to score the goal.”

On choosing Hakan Sukur to start over Ilhan Mansiz at forward ...
“They are both very good players. This time I selected Sukur in the first half and we tried to control the game, in the second half we tried to score. Maybe I could have started both of them, it doesn't matter to me.”

On Brazil's tactics and trying to calm his players ...
“They use tactics very well. Our players shouldn't have been reacting; I told them not to react. When we tried to equalise the game, our players were very tense. Brazil created many chances while we were angry in the second half. We spent the last five minutes trying to calm down.”

On Brazil ...
“They showed respect for us during the game. They played a smart game. If we had won this game, we could have won the Final. Both teams played well, but Brazil used individual ability much better today and they can use that in the Final. I think it will be relatively easy for Brazil in the Final.”

On the team's performance ...
“We came to the World Cup to take part in the festival and make an impact. I think we've achieved our goal and I am proud of my players, who have done absolutely superbly. We are sorry about only one thing, that we couldn't give the Turkish people another source of happiness.”

On whether he thought Turkey could score an equaliser ...
“Our game plan in the first half was to control the game. Rivaldo's shooting was effective, and Brazil were effective on the wings. In the second half we wanted to control the game again and if Brazil were tired we wanted to score and go through the Final. But Brazil scored a very early goal in the second half. They were tired at the end of the game and we created some opportunities, but unfortunately we could not equalise.”

On the difference between the first match against Brazil in the first round and this match ...
“In the first game we made many mistakes while defending. This time we made fewer mistakes, especially in defence, but we lost possession while going on attack. Brazil created chances and we still made some mistakes and we couldn't do what we wanted.”

On whether the Turkish team lacked experience ...
“Yes, there is a little bit of inexperience, but also there are the effects of the tension back home in Turkey. They are expecting a lot from us and this created a little bit of pressure on my players – this led to mistakes on the field.”

On the future for the Turkish team ...
“We wanted to reach the top at this World Cup and being one of the four semi-finalists is a great thing. But we also wanted the Final and we couldn't achieve it. Next time, probably.”

Ronaldo, Brazil forward
On the Final ...
“We are very happy about today's match, but we haven't got the title yet. We shouldn't be too excited about it yet, we still need to win the title. The next match will tough, so we shouldn't be over-confident.”

On today's match ...
“The first half was pretty tough - the Turkish positioning was pretty good and there was no space to sneak through.”

On his goal ...
“It was a toe-poke. It was an important goal.”

Ilhan Mansiz, Turkey forward
On the match ...
“There were so many chances to score - such good positioning - but we couldn't make the most of the them.”

On the upcoming match with Korea for third place ...
“It will be very tough. We have had a match with Korea before and we know them well, so it will be a very good match, I think.”

On feeling any pressure today ...
“There was no pressure to feel. This is the first time in 48 years that Turkey have qualified for a semi-final. We were all very relaxed.”

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