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We were overwhelmed, says China coach after loss to Italy


Zhong Weijun attacks the Italian blockers, who in the end, came out on top on Thursday

Kumamoto, Japan, November 24, 2011 - Italy picked up their third win of the 2011 FIVB Men’s World Cup on Thursday against a Chinese squad which has yet to register their first win.

Italy coach Mauro Berruto: I’m very happy, proud and satisfied with our players. We focused and approached this match well. In volleyball, nothing is easy. If the match was smooth, it’s because we had a positive approach. I’m happy because these are three important points in the standings. We have to start again and focus on the next match tomorrow, another very important match for us.

On their players conditioning: I have to say we Italians are a bit superstitious, so I hope our condition remains good in the tournament. We had not much time to prepare, because the Italian league continued up until one week before we left. The Italian league is useful to prepare players for such a tough competition [like this one]. They are trained mentally to handle this pressure. On our team there’s wonderful atmosphere, they’re always developing positive energy. We worked a lot before the European Championships, but not before this tournament. It’s a nice thing to see this kind of teamwork.

Italy captain Cristian Savani: We are quite satisfied with today’s win. We did what the coach told us. I think we played well. We need to prepare for tomorrow’s match, and move forward step-by-step.

On good serving: We have good physical conditioning and good training.

China coach Zhou Jianan: I have to say Italy served and blocked well today. We were overwhelmed by that today.

China captain Cui Jianjun: Today was a tough match for us. We had a short period in the second where we played well, but in the end we couldn’t do so well. Because of their strong blocking and serving we couldn’t do so well.. I’d also like to say congratulation to Italy on their victory today.

On starting on the bench: This is the instruction from coach, but I’m the captain and a member of the team. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the court or not, but you have to prepare well.


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