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"After the second set, we were waiting for Italian mistakes," says - Serbia coach


Press conference after the Serbia vs Italy match

Italy coach Marco Bonitta:

"We were in a tough situation before coming to Turkey because few days before the championship we had to change the strategy. Our first opposite was injured. It was unexpected and not easy for us. Our main point was not to change the team after the two matches that we lost. It was a big motivation to the players. So they started to play better and better and now they are fully self confident. Our strategy was our strength. We were mentally strong and we came back in the fourth set. I'm very happy about our play."

Italy team captain Edoardo Picco:

"We began this championship with tough matches in our pool. We came out very well. We had great development because of the group. In the fourth set we came back in a very good way later. So we are very happy about the result."

Serbia coach Sinisa Reljic:

"First of all I would like to congratulate Italy. I wish you luck in the quarter final. We knew that this game would be tough. First set we played very well. After we were waiting for Italy to make mistake. We lost second and third set easily. In the fourth set, we started to play again. We were better in the serve, block and defense then we had the result. In the fifth set, it was really strange, because we couldn't take reception on the floating serve. We had problem with Randazzo and another player who serve jump serve. We couldn't take reception. It was difficult to score."

Serbia captain Uros Kovacevic:

"I don' know what to say. I wasn't the leader of my team. I'm the captain, I supposed to be the leader. I'm really sorry, this was one the worst performance of my life. We didn't play well in every element of the game. I must have to say that we weren't lucky, we didn't have the energy. I'm very sad."


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