Berruto: We disappeared from the block after the first set.
From left: Rodrigo Quiroga, Javier Weber and Mauro Berruto
Argentina captain Rodrigo Quiroga: “I want to give my compliments to team Italy, because it was a very good game. Every match here is gonna be like the final. After the first set we started to play better, especially serve better. We played a good match.”
Italy coach Mauro Berruto: “They deserved the victory, they played better. I can say, that these teams are similar technically, but they were serving and blocking better. We disappeared from the block after the first set. In serving – we weren't aggressive enough. It is important for the team to learn how to win, even when the other team is behind. It was hard to win today. Although we played with passion. Tomorrow we will play an “in-or-out” match against the hosting team in a very specific atmosphere, so it will definitely be hard. We want to stay here, so tomorrow is the night.”
Argentina coach Javier Weber: “I am very happy, because after the first set my team played better in spike and defense. We tried to touch every ball. After this I am very happy, because my team is a young team, but they played very smart. It is very good for the young team that they weren't afraid to fight.”