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Men's World Championship 2002 - Press Info

Press Conference

Italy beat Japan 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 26-28, 25-16) - duration 1:43
05-Oct, start time: 18:40, end time: 20:23 - Attendance: 3,825
Hiroyuki Kato (Captain JPN): "Japan failed a lot in the reception. Our attack combinations also failed due to the great level of Italy's block. We also failed in the attack."

Q: What conclusions can you draw from this tournament so far?
A: "The fact that we were all to participate in this World Championship will help us a lot in the future. Having played in front of such a boisterous crowd will also be a great experience for us in the future. We are very grateful."

Q: Kato plays in the Italian League. How did you feel having to play against your Italian mates?
A: "I did not play the whole time but from the bench I saw a very good performance from the Italian players. I very sad abut Papi's injury. I hope he recovers soon."

Pasquale Gravina (Captain ITA): "First, I congratulate Japan on their defense attitude and in general. It was one of the toughest teams we faced. We are very happy because we've qualified and tomorrow it will be decided whether in the first, or in the second position."

Q: If Argentina wins, both teams will qualified. How will Italy face this match? Will you save some of your key players?
A: "We don't care against whom we play tomorrow. We want to beat Argentina."

Q: How did you feel during the match when Papi went out injured?
A: "First of all, I don't know how serious his injury is. I haven't talked to him. I don't think we lost our concentration because of this. These are normal situations during the match."

Mikiyasu Tanaka (Coach JPN): "To be honest, knowing Italy's strength, we knew that it would be a very tough match. For this match, we had tried to improve our service and we did it. I'm quite satisfied with that."

Andrea Anastasi (Coach ITA): "I don't have much to say, this was a very important victory for us, especially because tomorrow we have a very tough match against Argentina and unfortunately my players are not in their best physical shape."