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Press Info - Press Conference
Italy downs Venezuela in straight sets

Venezuela's Luis Diaz spikes

Alberto Cisolla (ITA) - captain

On the match:

"We played very well throught the game. We were very concentrated, especially in our service. We put a lot of pressure on our opponents. Our good performance guaranteed our success today."

On Alessandro Fei's (ITA) injury:

"Alessandro is one of the best players in our team. His injury is unfortunate. I still do not know the full extent of the injury but we hope he can recover soon and play in our future games."

Andrea Anastasi (ITA) - coach

On the match:

"We are going to make preparations and ready ourselves for the next game, especially for the quarterfinals. All team members were concentrated during the game today and that guranteed our success in the end."

Andy Rojas (VEN) - captain

On the match:

"Today's match was very tough for us because Italy is a strong team, much stronger than us."

On the team's morale:

"Although we have lost three games straight, we still have two games to play, so we will not relax. We will continue to play well in every set of every match."

Ricardo Navajas (VEN) - coach (from Brazil)

On the match

"In the Olympic Games we were playing well in the beginning. But after the match against China, all our players felt perplexed and had low morale. Today, we were not in good shape because we knew Italy was a good team and that they would be tough. We are not so good as them in skills and other aspects. But I want to repeat we have low morale."

On the team's goal:

"All teams come to the Olympic Games wanting a medal. This is not easy. It is not easy to make it to the quarterfinals and finals too, so we are not frustrated. We still have two games against Bulgaria and Japan, and we will do our best to play well in them.  In particular, it is very likely that we will win against Japan."

On Venezuela's relationship with the referees of the Olympic Games:

"We have some friction, but this is not a big deal. Friction like this is normal."

On his decision to leave the team as coach:

"I will leave the team, regardless of our outcome of the Olympic Games. I have been dealing with a very complicated administration (in Venezuela)."

"Coaching this team has been a good experience, and coaching at the Olympics as well. I do not have a problem with Venezuela. The problem is, well, you know what the problem is. I do not want to continue."