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Anastasi: China put us under terrible pressure

Italy, pictured here, was taught a lesson by motivated China

Verona, Italy, June 13th 2009 - It was a sad press conference for Italy after their first defeat in the 2009 FIVB World League following a win over China on Opening Day.

Andrea Anastasi (Italy coach): "We were not so efficient like in the first match. It was a very heavy defeat. We lost to a better Chinese team that put us under terrible pressure."

Matej Cernic (Italy captain): "Our blocking and defense did not work like we expected. Actually we did not play a bad game. But China was terribly concrete. Even in the last set we did not give up. But the last ball was fatal."

Shen Quiong (China Captain): "After the defeat in the first match we tried to work on our mistakes. But most of all, we were more motivated."

Zhou Jianan (China coach): "Our team is a very young team. Two different performances, but that's to be expected when you have to face such a strong team like Italy."

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