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My main task today was to help my team keep control over the situation - Marichev


Yuriy Marichev, coach of the Russia, at the press conference following his team's win against Italy

Ekaterinburg, Russia, August 9, 2013 – Italy coach Marco Mencarelli says his team could have played better in their match against Russia today while Russia coach Yuriy Marichev underscores the importance of concentration in his team’s 3-1 (25-13, 18-25, 25-18, 26-24) win.

Russia coach Yuriy Marichev: “It is very dangerous when you win the first set because the team has a tendency to relax. My main task today was to help my team keep control over the situation. After an easy win your competitor works harder to concentrate as you saw in the second set.  We made several mistakes and I told them that we should play aggressively with a great desire to win. We should enter the court and show everybody that we are strong team.”

Italy Head Coach Marco N. Mencarelli: “Russia played very strongly today and the result of this match was not a big surprise for us. We know the Russian team is a very strong team. We want to use all our time to grow as a team. We know our weaknesses and we will work to improve our game.  Today we could play better but in the second part we were very predictable for Russia.”


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