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This was a real international volleyball derby! - coach Carvalho


The two coaches paid compliments to each other for a good game

Ankara, Turkey, August 31, 2013 – After Brazil beat Italy 3-1 (22-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-23) to qualify for the final of the FIVB Volleyball Men's U21 World Championship in Ankara, both sides declared their intentions to strive for the victory on Sunday.  These are the first words of the two teams’ coaches and captains after the semifinal.

 

Marco Bonitta, coach of Italy: “First, I want to congratulate Brazil. They are going to play in the final and they deserve it. We tried to surprise them in the first and the fourth sets. We are satisfied with our play, because we fought until the end of the match.  Now we are waiting to find out our opponent for tomorrow.”

 

Edoardo Picco, captain of Italy: “Congratulations to Brazil! We had a great first set. But in the second set we were not able to put pressure on them and they won it. We played until the last whistle of the match. Now, we need to recover our mental energy and prepare for tomorrow’s match. We want to go back to Italy with a medal.”

 

Leonardo Carvalho, coach of Brazil: “It is always difficult to play against Italy. It was an international volleyball derby! They know very well our play. It was important to have emotional balance in this match, because the emotional balance can make the difference. We had difficulty in the beginning of the match, but we showed a good performance in blocking. We respect all the possible opponents that might come into tomorrow’s final match, but we only respect them until the beginning of the match. Then, we need to fight for the gold.”

 

Thiago Veloso, captain of Brazil: “Congratulations to Italy for doing a great job on the court. We knew how they play and we found a winning strategy.  I am very happy that we are going to take place in the final.”

 

 

 

 

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