Antoine Brizard, Volley Piacenza player is in great shape and many time he shows how good he is. After playing great in France and winning a large number of medals, he decided to continue his adventure in Poland, Russia and finally Italy.
However, one of the biggest successes is certainly winning a gold medal at the Olympic Games with France. In the last interview for worldofvolley, he was happy to qualify for the Olympics, but did he expect such success? „It was the most important thing.
I had dreams about a medal but I didn’t know we will win the gold medal. There were super strong teams. I said it was the most important thing to qualify because it could be the hardest thing to get there." "Afterward, I knew that everything could happen.
When you advance to the next stage after the group stage, everything can happen. It was even better than in my dreams”. Head coach Tillie had tremendous confidence in him „He trusted me for sure, I also gave him the reason to trust me.
We knew it can be a big strength to have good setters with different qualities. The coach used us in different moments, I had a good reaction after coming in on the court and that’s it.“ Rezende's new coach did not show the best of him, but Brizard had words of praise for him „Coach is new, with the new stuff.
We finished early at the EuroVolley but I think it will be better if we spend some time the next summer. It was also difficult to keep the level after winning the Olympic title, we wanted to do well but mentally we were out." "We tried very hard but there were some teams that were better prepared and that was their only goal during last summer… Our biggest goal was the Olympics and after achieving such a result it was super hard." "Also, it was a huge blow for Bernardo Rezende to start his job like that but we enjoy working with him and I am sure he will bring a lot to our national team.
The way he prepares training sessions and games are really interesting.“
Poland, Russia and Italian league
As we have already mentioned, Brizard had adventures in Poland and Russia, and worldofvolley journalists were interested in the difference between the leagues „I am lucky because at the age of 27 I played in the top three European leagues.
I enjoyed way more playing in Italy and Poland compared to Russia…" "In Russia, it’s great to play but not that much interesting for me as a setter because they are playing super physical volleyball. However, it was a great experience.
In Italy, it’s more like tactical volleyball, much more closer to my style of volleyball." "All the games are super hard. In Russia for example you can easily beat the team that is on the bottom of the standings, but you can’t do that in Italy.
We had a similar situation in Poland – it was very difficult every weekend.“ The Italian league is too strong this season and many teams are in the game. Brizard had something to say for the Italian League „The league is super tight this season.
We will give our best to achieve our goals. It’s interesting, we had a good start now looking for a new winning streak." "We need to keep pushing, to keep striving for good results,“ says Antoine Brizard