Captain Andrey Zhekov
was a very difficult game for us and and very close. We tried to
press Japan from the start but they played excellent defense.
was really difficult to play against such a good defense.
the important thing is we didn't stop; we continued and we're very
happy that we won this game.
Need to win tomorrow) I think this is our main goal. Only if we win
tomorrow can we play for first place in the group, so for us it's
very important to win.
Coach Silvano Prandi
very glad about the victory. Life is hope and I hope tomorrow we play
better than today. I hope the quality of our play improves.
game today was very good for the fans because the result was always
in the balance.
it was not good for my heart.
main problem for me is always our attack. We have to improve our
attack. Service, defense, blocking is always difficult because
Japan's defense and reception is very good. And Japan were good in
attack – they are fast and difficult to block. We won 16 blocks,
which is not bad, but we have to improve our attack a lot – a 44%
winning attack is not good.
Replacement of Japanese setter Daisuke Usami by Yuta Abe) If the
coach of Japan chose to change his setter, he did so because of a
moment in play during the game. It was a difficult moment for Usami –
not because the second setter is better than the first. Abe continued
to play in a good situation, with good attack, good passing and
setting. I like Usami. I also like Abe. They are two good setters.
Captain Daisuke Usami
way the game started was good, but the first set was the most
important and the key to the whole game. But my mistakes caused us to
lose the first set and that changed the balance of the whole match.
feel very sorry about it because I wasn't able to change the mood of
the team. Now, I have to cool myself down and look to play better
Being hit in the face by a spike). That didn't bother me a bit.
No. 2, Yuta Abe
couldn't change things after we lost points. My combination with
Shimizu wasn't good but Fukuzawa did his best to earn points. I tried
to get the main attackers to attack from any position and I tried to
attack down the center.
Coach Tatsuya Ueta
self-destructed today and that's obviously a big problem. Looking
towards the London Olympics, I will try new players and try to raise
the level of our skills.
Change of setter) In the first set, Usami had combination problems
with Shimizu and our other attackers, so I changed to Abe and he
started to combine well with Shimizu. But in the latter half of the
match, he lost that and that's why we lost our effectiveness.
Service) It's a problem we had from the games in Toyama. I gave my
players four points to think about on serve:
they have won points, it's important to change their mindset to
have to relax.
have to look at the opposition's positions and the best places to
gave this advice to my players two weeks ago, but thought there
wasn't enough time for the players to react to these four points.
Players reaction) The players aren't satisfied with today's game. We
have to work on our mistakes and raise our level of play.