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Oleg Znarok: "This was the most important match of my life"

25.02.2018

Head coach Oleg Znarok:

- I think that this victory answers all of your questions.

- Before today, did you work over more of a dramatic match?

- This was the most important match of my life.

- The players noted that you were very calm.

- It was probably a mask. I felt nervous, but I tried not to show the players this.

- How did you feel two minutes before the match ended?

- It's hard to say. We had to make a decision in a split second, it ended up going our way. The same applies to our winning goal.

- Did the fact that the flag won't be at the closing ceremony make you more motivated?

- We felt calm about this. Russia is in our hearts.

- Have you made a decision about the next Olympic four year cycle?

- No, I'm very tired. I'll think about it.

- You were named Olympic favourites before the tournament began.

- Good teams played at the Olympic Games. There was no point calling us favourites.

- Did you speak to Nikita Gusev after his second goal? And who called you following the match's completion?

- No, the guys understood the situation for themselves. Vladimir Putin and Alexander Zhukov phoned and congratulated me with the win, it was nice.

- It was the fifth Olympic Games for Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. Did you ask the younger players to try hard for them?

- We had a team here, anyone could have decided the outcome.

Russian Ice Hockey Federation 

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